Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Imaginary Adventures of an Artist: Pablo Picasso in the TVCU

Upcoming this weekend, I will be continuing the series of real persons and events in the TVCU with Pablo Picasso, the Titanic, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I've added real life events to place in context.  The fictional events will be in bold blue.

":My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become The Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

1838--Birth of Pablo's father, Don José Ruiz y Blasco,

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October 25, 1881--Birth of Pablo Picasso.

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1881 to 1973--SURVIVING PICASSO--The life of Pablo Picasso.  Other on-screen appearances of Picasso portrayed by various actors can be found here.  

Before 1890--Picasso's father had begun training him.  

1891--Picasso moves to A Coruña.

1893--the juvenile quality of his earliest work falls away

1894--his career as a painter can be said to have begun.

1895--Picasso is traumatized by the death of his sister.

1896--The First Communion

1896--Portrait of Aunt Pepa

1897--his realism became tinged with Symbolist influence, in a series of landscape paintings rendered in non-naturalistic violet and green tones. 

1898--Picasso sets off on his own for the first time to study abroad.

1899 to 1900--Modernist Period

1900--Picasso first travels to Paris.

January to May 1901--Picasso is in Madrid.

1901 to 1904--The Blue Period

March 31, 1901--The first issue of Picasso's magazine, Arte Joven, is published.  

1903--La Vie

1903--The Blindman's Meal


1904 to 1906--The Rose Period

1904--The Frugal Repast

1904--Picasso met Fernande Olivier, a bohemian artist who became his mistress, in Paris 

October 8, 1904--PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE--Picasso meets Albert Einstein.  

1905--Picasso became a favorite of American art collectors Leo and Gertrude Stein

1905--Picasso meets Henri Matisse.  

1907 to 1909--The African-Influenced Period

1907--Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

1907--Picasso joined an art gallery that had recently been opened in Paris by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

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September 1908--YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES--"Paris, September 1908"--Young Indy meets Picasso.  Tarzan will meet Picasso the next year.  

1909 to 1912--Analytic Cubism

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August 1909--TARZAN # 11 - 12--"Le Monstre"--Tarzan meets Picasso.  This takes place while Tarzan is in Paris during the events of TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Tarzan is also involved in a case involving a copycat of the Phantom of the Opera.  Note that Indiana Jones has met Picasso twice in his youth, in 1908 and again in 1917.

1911--In Paris, Picasso entertained a distinguished coterie of friends in the Montmartre and Montparnasse quarters, including André Breton, poet Guillaume Apollinaire, writer Alfred Jarry, and Gertrude Stein. Apollinaire was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. Apollinaire pointed to his friend Picasso, who was also brought in for questioning, but both were later exonerated.

1912 to 1919--Synthetic Cubism

1913--Picasso's father dies.  

August 1914--World War I begins.  

1915--Death of Picasso's lover, Eva.

Spring 1916--Apollinaire returned from the front wounded. They renewed their friendship, but Picasso began to frequent new social circles.

February 1917--Picasso visits Italy for the first time.  

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May 1917--YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES--"Spain, May 1917"--Indy and Picasso meet again.

Summer 1918--Picasso married Olga Khokhlova, a ballerina with Sergei Diaghilev's troupe, for whom Picasso was designing a ballet, Erik Satie's Parade, in Rome; they spent their honeymoon near Biarritz in the villa of glamorous Chilean art patron Eugenia Errázuriz.

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May 1920--HIGHLANDER--"Methos"--Duncan MacLeod waves hello to Pablo Picasso, and states that they are acquaintances.  Picasso is a real historical figure, but this is his TVCU counterpart.  Indiana Jones and Tarzan also met Picasso. 

1920--During the same period that Picasso collaborated with Diaghilev's troupe, he and Igor Stravinsky collaborated on Pulcinella

February 4, 1921--Birth of Picasso's son, Paulo.

1925--the Surrealist writer and poet André Breton declared Picasso as 'one of ours' in his articleLe Surréalisme et la peinture, published in Révolution surréaliste

1927--Picasso met 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter and began a secret affair with her. 

September 5, 1935--Birth of Picasso's daughter, Maya.  


1937--The Weeping Woman

1937--Outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

1939 to 1940--the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, under its director Alfred Barr, a Picasso enthusiast, held a major retrospective of Picasso's principal works until that time. This exhibition lionized the artist, brought into full public view in America the scope of his artistry, and resulted in a reinterpretation of his work by contemporary art historians and scholars.

1941--Desire Caught by the Tail

1942--Still Life with Guitar

1944 to 1948--The Charnel House

1944--after the liberation of Paris, Picasso, then 63 years old, began a romantic relationship with a young art student named Françoise Gilot

1944--Picasso joins the French Communist Party.  

May 15, 1947--Birth of Picasso's son, Claude.

April 19, 1949--Birth of Picasso's daughter, Paloma.

1949--The Four Little Girls

Mid-1949--Picasso was one of 250 sculptors who exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

1950--Picasso receives the Stalin Peace Prize.

1951--Picasso had a six-week affair with Geneviève Laporte, who was four years younger than Gilot. 

1955--Khokhlova's death

1955--he helped make the film Le Mystère Picasso (The Mystery of Picasso) directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

1961--By his 70s, many paintings, ink drawings and prints have as their theme an old, grotesque dwarf as the doting lover of a beautiful young model. Jacqueline Roque (1927–1986) worked at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris on the French Riviera, where Picasso made and painted ceramics. She became his lover, and then his second wife in 1961. The two were together for the remainder of Picasso's life.

1962--Picasso receives the Lenin Peace Prize.  

1968 to 1971--he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. 

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Late in Picasso's Life--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--"Portrait of the Artist:  Pablo Picasso"--Picasso is giving out free autographs  at a cafe.  Watch here.

April 8, 1973--Death of Pablo Picasso.

June 5, 1975--Death of Paulo.

1981--Guernica was on display in New York's Museum of Modern Art for many years. In 1981, it was returned to Spain and was on exhibit at the Casón del Buen Retiro

1986--Devastated and lonely after the death of Picasso, Jacqueline Roque killed herself by gunshot

1992--Guernica was put on display in Madrid's Reina Sofía Museum when it opened.

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1997—Teen Angel—“Honest Abe and Popular Steve” and “Who’s the Boss”--From Wikipedia, “Teen Angel follows a high school boy, Steve Beauchamp (Corbin Allred), and his recently-deceased best friend, Marty DePolo, (Mike Damus) who, after dying from eating a six-month-old hamburger from under Steve's bed on a dare, hangs around as a kind of dimwitted guardian angel to Allred's character. Ron Glass played God's cousin, Rod. Maureen McCormick, who played Steve's mother, Judy, left the series halfway through its run.”  I include this show on the basis of Gary Bollock’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. I’m inclined to treat his Lincoln, which appeared on a number of 1990s television sitcoms, as a crossover of sorts. Thus the inclusion of Teen Angel in the TVCU. It is highly unlikely that Rod is God’s cousin, however; more likely he’s an angel who knew that if he didn’t give himself a highly inflated resume, the dimwitted Marty and Steve would have ignored him. Per Wikipedia, in the episode “Honest Abe and Popular Steve,” “Marty starts bringing in historical figures to help Steve with his life (Abraham Lincoln to write his history papers, Cleopatra to give him love advice so he can date Homecoming Queen Amy Kosover, Pablo Picasso to design "Steve for Class President" campaign posters, etc.) Rod decides that since Marty has done such a good job with Steve that it's time for him to move on to famous jerk rock star, Sammy Noah (Dee Snider).”  In “Who’s the Boss” Marty and Steve throw a birthday party, inviting both cute girls and famous dead people—among them (the famous dead dudes, not the cute girls) Abraham Lincoln. After his journeys with Bill and Ted, Lincoln has come to love a good party!--James Bojaciuk

2013--EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY--"Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso"--Picasso comes down from Heaven again to do a rap battle with Bob Ross, or maybe they are pulled from time.  I'm not sure exactly how the premise of this YouTube series works.


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CARTOON UNIVERSE--The toon counterpart of Picasso discovers his talent while playing Pictionary with the Warners as seen on ANIMANIACS.  He also appeared in TINY TOON ADVENTURES.  




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I don't know how to place the song and music video for Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants.  It features a male version of Cinderella, who later transforms into the Man with No Name (from THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY), ALICE COOPER, Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (from THE SHIEK), Vito Corleone (THE GODFATHER), and the Dandy Highwayman (from STAND AND DELIVER).  Also, in the song, this Cinderella claims to have seen Picasso visiting the PLANET OF THE APES.  


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