Thursday, January 10, 2008

Picasso and Lump

It seems like you can't walk anywhere in New York without tripping over a dachshund. They are the unofficial mascot of the city and if you own one or want to buy a cute present for a friend who does, you must check out Picasso and Lump. It's not a new book but one that is utterly charming.


The story goes that "one spring morning in 1957, veteran photojournalist David Douglas Duncan paid a visit to his friend and frequent photographic subject Pablo Picasso, at the artists villa near Cannes. Traveling with Duncan was his pet dachshund, Lump. The photographers nomadic lifestyle and his other dog, a giant Afghan hound had never suited the jealous and temperamental Lump. So when they arrived at Picassos Villa La Californie that spring day, Lump decided that he had found his paradise on earth, and that he would take up permanent residence with Picasso. Lump was soon immortalized in a Picasso portrait painted on a plate, but this was just the beginning. In a suite of 45 paintings reinterpreting Velsquezs masterpiece Las Meninas, Picasso replaced the impressive hound in the foreground with jaunty renderings of Lump. Fifteen of the paintings are reproduced here, bringing full circle the odyssey of a fortunate dachshund who found his way from reluctant road warrior to furry and elongated icon of modern art. "



The Dachshund's affectionate
He wants to wed with you:
Lie down to sleep,
And he's in bed with you.
Sit in a chair,
He's there.
Depart,
You break his heart.

E.B. White

14 comments:

designdna said...

i love that story! great post.

alis said...

i love this post! on the last picture, picasso and lump are looking so affectionately at each other, I can tell they're talking with their eyes! funny how I also made a dog-related post today.

Jane Flanagan said...

I loved this book, though I love most Picasso-related books. I'm just about to start the third instalment in John Richardson's biography.

The dashchunds are everywhere here too. I saw 5 of them on the way to the dry-cleaners yesterday!

Suzy said...

What a cute story!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Artist and dog in residence. Now that was fun.

Habitually Chic said...

I love that the book shows a lighthearted side to Picasso that you never really hear about.

Brilliant Asylum said...

That is so cute. Now I want a dachshund.

maison21 said...

awwwww...

well, i'm sure you can guess that i'm a sucker for a dog related post!

the only problem is now mona has requested to be immortalized on a plate as well- thank goodness, i didn't read her the part about the the suite of 45 paintings...

Habitually Chic said...

BA, they are cute. Let me know if you actually go through with getting one.

Habitually Chic said...

Maison21, after seeing your "homemade" art on your website, I'm quite certain you could create a beautiful likeness of Mona on a plate. I say go for it!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

And having seen that post, I bet that m21 could sell a number of them!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

What a great story - I'm so glad you shared it I had never heard this before. I have two miniature dachshunds, one a short haired red female - Peanut and the other a long haired piebald, Marty. They are the greatest dogs ever but they totally control your life. They are defiantly the masters of the household. Thanks for the great story.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

I am looking froward to seeing Mona on Maison's homemade plate!!!!!

Moira said...

Hi -

I recently discovered your blog through this wonderful post. I borrowed some of these photos for my blog today with a link to you (of course). Check it out here...

http://dreamdogsart.typepad.com/art/2008/07/picasso-lump-photos.html

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