|Picasso: Creator and Destroyer|
Source: The Atlantic
No luck... The German army occupies Royan on its way down to Bordeaux, and the Franco-Spanish border.
What to do. What to do? Paint, draw, enjoy the sun, as much as one can of course under the circumstances.
Not to make light of a dire situation, but one wonders what was going through the Catalan master's mind. After all, he is Pablo Picasso, one of the iconic artists of his time, outranked perhaps in those days by Henri Matisse, and the first school of Paris.
Should he head for Spain and duck under Franco's iron fist? Should he stay put in Royan?
Nothing of the sort. Paris beckons, Paris beguiles. And so it is that Pablo packs up his easels, pens, paints, paper, canvas and inks, and heads back to Paris once the new masters from across the Rhine feel well settled in.
Off to the rue des Grands-Augustins where he has his studio.
|Arianna Stassinopoulis Huffington|
Here's how Arianna Huffington couches the incident which occurred at some point in the fall of 1940. No footnotes of course, which makes us wonder how apocryphal the story might be:
A German officer holds up one of his paintings. The officer "turned to him in amazement: 'It's you who have painted that? And why do you paint like this?' Picasso replied that he didn't know. He had painted the picture because it had amused him. Suddenly the Nazi officer was struck by an enlightening realization. 'Ah!' he cried. 'It's a fantasy!' The officers left his works alone and departed from the bank's vaults." (Arianna Stassinopoulos, 'Picasso: Creator and Destroyer', 1988, p. 255)
Needless to say, Picasso returns to his apartment, more interested in making sure that his various mistresses remain within earshot of his residence.
My question is: why did he stay in Paris during the ENTIRE period of the German occupation?