Thursday, October 19, 2006

No Agenda Zone Enhanced News Story

US casino magnate gives Picasso's 'Dream' the elbow

Picasso's famed "Dream" painting turned into a nightmare for Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn when he accidentally gave the multi-million dollar canvas an elbow.
Mr Wynn had just finalised a $US139 million ($A184 million) sale to another collector of his painting, called "Le Reve" (The Dream), when he poked a finger-sized hole in the artwork while showing it to friends at his Las Vegas office a couple of weeks ago.
Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who witnessed and related the incident in her blog on the Huffington Post website, said Mr Wynn had raised his hand to show the group something about Picasso's 1932 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter.
"At that moment, his elbow crashed backward right through the canvas. There was a terrible noise," Ms Ephron wrote, noting that Mr Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision.
"Smack in the middle ... was a black hole the size of a silver dollar. 'Oh s...,' he said. 'Look what I've done. Thank goodness it was me.'"

6 Months Later

Restoration complete on Picasso’s “Dream” Painting

Picasso’s “Dream” Painting has now been restored thanks to Pierre de Pointe. “This little lady was in really bad shape as you can see” said the famous restorator “ I just couldn’t let her stay like that and I was honored to do it”


bryan torre said...

i think a few of Dali's could use some fixing as well...

unca said...

I really like the revised version much better. What's the deal with Picasso, anyway? I have to admit I don't understand his art or most modern art.

blogball said...

Thanks Unca, I had fun restoring the “Dream”. Did you notice I gave her 2 breasts?

I don’t’ understand this kind of art either. I keep on thinking maybe when I get older and more mature I will understand it but nothing yet. I will keep you posted if something clicks in my head.

mamacita said...

Blogball, you've done it again! "one large step for a man, one large step for mankind". The breast is a fine improvement too. Did you know that Picasso could paint like Rembrandt when he was 16 (true) but then chose this bizarre style later?
I've been seeing the chiropractor for my back, but from now on I'm coming to you, Blogball.

si said...

well, your picture-tampering is getting better and better. i do prefer your version much better (with 2 breasts, to boot!). i've never liked (read: appreciated) picasso nor most modern art. maybe i don't have that much imagination -- i have to be hit over the head with a realistic version to "get it".

i look forward to what you're going to come up with next!

bfoxy37 said...

Mamacita is right! Picasso was great at "traditional" painting before he went all modern. I got to see it for myself at a museum in Barcelona a few years ago and it gave me a lot more respect for all of his work.
I'm sure some day there will be a museum honoring Unca's earlier works as well!

bfoxy37 said...

Oops! I meant to say blogball's earlier works...