Monday, January 4, 2010

Wordless Communication

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. After visiting the Museum of Reina Sofia in Madrid, I agree with this sentament. The museum is Spain’s national museam of modern art, and contains an entire wing dedicated to the works of Pablo Picasso. Picasso appears at the top of nearly every list of famous dyslexics. Viewing his masterpieces close up, shows how an illiterate mind can tell an onforgettable tale without words.

One of Picasso’s most known masterpieces, the Guernica, is on display at the Sofia Museam. This painting shows the horror and massicar at Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

At the Sofia Museam, there is also a lesser known series of Picasso paintings that depict woman crying. The Sofia contains the “Woman Crying”, “Head Crying”, “Hankerchief I”, “Hankerchief II”, and "Hankerchief III”. Depicted below is “Weeping Woman” which matches this series but is on display in a London museam not a Madrid Museam.

The aggany present in this woman’s face, as well of the many faces in Guernica tell as story that could bearly be parralled with ten thousand words, let alone one. Seeing this artwork fills me with hope.

Pablo Picasso was an amazingly gifted man, with a unique vission of the world around him. He found a way to communicate the ideas in his mind without using words. This is a good thing, because as a dyslexic reading and writing weren’t his strong suits. Not everyone is able to paint like Picasso, and not everyone is able to read. But somehow, we all find a way to tell our stories.

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