Pablo Picasso about Christeas’ drawings “Strong, very strong work”, Paris 1967-1969
Pablo Picasso and My Old Drawings
Pablo Picasso about Christeas’ drawings
I was out of money and therefore out of art materials, but poverty breeds ingenuity. I used coffee mud, chocolate chips, collage, scrapes of paint and pencil or pen on acid paper or aluminum foil from chocolate wrappers to make my drawings. This is the work the great master Pablo Picasso saw and said, “Strong, very strong work”. I kept the drawings with me always trying to figure out what he saw in my drawings, and now I know. What I realize now, is that the Great Master Pablo Picasso saw in my work the human soul. With just a few pencil lines on a piece of paper I had captured it’s truth in my drawings,
I was looking for a friend’s studio around Gar de Lyon when I stumble upon a private showing of the masters erotic drawings. The very nice lady in charge let me in. I was deep in my thoughts, communicating various energies from the master’s powerful work, when I felt the center of their energy behind me and over my left shoulder. I turned; the Great Master Pablo Picasso was observing me. We got to talking and I was taken into another room with work only for selected eyes. Priceless does not begin to describe what I saw in that room. At this time in my life, my thoughts were filled with the dictatorship in Greece and I was at a personal loss. I was on the run, with no money, no country and no friends. I thought if I was to die at that moment, it was OK with me!
I met the great master one more time in a coffee shop at St. Germain and showed him some of my drawings. I was looking at his smile that got bigger with every piece of paper he flipped over. He said : Strong, very strong work” His approval made me feel as if I had just graduated from every art school in our galaxy with honors. It was as good as it gets. If that was not enough, he paid for lunch. Thanks.