My roommate for this two week study-tour of the Soviet legal system, John Kohan, then a researcher for Time magazine, who learned his Russian in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), knew key political dissidents.
He told me the Soviets confiscated hundreds of works over its Communist history from Russian artists the state deemed anti-social or anti-Soviet. John said they were housed in the cavernous bowls of the Hermitage. Where are they today?
There are hidden treasures yet to be discovered and authenticated.
And with fresh eyes and ample curiosity, there's much to celebrate, sometimes out of an old shoe box.
|"Still life with Guitar" by Picasso, 500 X 417 cm.|
|"Guitar 1913" by Picasso, 448 X 600 cm.|
Pablo Picasso painted a small wooden toy guitar for his daughter Paloma. Picasso eventually gave it to a friend, Italian artist Giuseppe Vittorio Parisi. Parisi, according to media reports, at age 92 handed it over to an Italian busessman for perservation and display.
Instead, it ended up in a shoe box in the apartment in Pomezia, near Rome, only discovered last week. It is painted gray, black and yellow.
For Picasso and so many other Spaniards, the guitar remains a cultural icon. Federico Garcia Lorca explored the metaphysical domain of the six-string instrument.
This month another signfiicant revelation.
Rock on and practice peace and love.