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Final Day - The Barrett Gallery
Open - 2 PM - 8 PM
Located next to Acqua California Bistro
at The River at Rancho Mirage
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11/24/17
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I love Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona Rome Italy.
Watercolor Paintings, by Thomas Schaller.
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Pablo Picasso
Peche de nuit a Antibes • Night fishing at Antibes (1939)

painting is a blind man's profession . he paints not what he sees , but what he feels , what he tells himself about what he has seen

~ Pablo Picasso

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Picasso spent the months just before the outbreak of the Second World War at Antibes on the Mediterranean. Here he painted this large composition, which is an exception among his works, as we shall see.

At the center is a boat with two fishermen spearing fish by the light of two gas lamps. This central motif is framed by others: at the right we see two girls standing on the breakwater, one of the girls is holding onto her bicycle while licking an ice-cream cone. At the upper left we can recognize the old town of Antibes; in the center above there is a bright moon in the sky. The work displays a range of colors that has never before appeared in Picasso's paintings: dark blues and violets are contrasted with various shades of green, and this curious dark triad is brightened by a few yellow accents - which gives it a ghost-like quality.

This painting is exceptional in Picasso's work, both as a nocturnal scene and for its ghostly colors; it is also unusual in that the artist had rarely before at-tempted to combine figure and landscape - a combination which is particularly convincing here. The freedom of the composition is in curious contrast with the rigorous architecture of Guernica, so that at first sight the work seems a brilliant improvisation. But closer scrutiny reveals that it, too, has been carefully constructed and organized, and that in its details it recalls many earlier paintings. Like Three Musicians, this work sums up and at the same time marks the end of a period.

The painting was finished just as war broke out. Picasso had been through much the same experience in 1914 at Avignon. At that time all his friends and traveling companions had been mobilized, while he stayed in Paris. Now, however, Picasso was no longer a relatively obscure artist: he had gained universal recognition, and a comprehensive exhibition of his works was being held in New York. During the Spanish Civil War he had unequivocally declared himself against the powers that were now preparing to crush his second homeland.

It is tempting to look upon Night Fishing at Antibes not only as the summing up of a period, but also as his farewell to it, and as a prophetic vision of the impending years of darkness. Picasso was scarcely surprised at the outbreak of the war - in his work he had long since anticipated the collapse of "the world of yesterday." During the years of oppression he became more than ever what he had always been - himself.

~ pablopicasso.org
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“Seven Deadly Sins” artist, Robert Barrett, at work on “Gluttony”, one of seven paintings in the series.  All seven paintings will be on exhibit this October in Rancho Mirage, CA at THE RIVER Gallery.  This will be the first exhibit of Roberts artwork in…
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Strong team builder and leader with a three decades long track record of fund raising experience as a museum director and destination marketer.  Has successfully and repeatedly formed marketing coalitions that resulted in millions of dollars to promote…
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Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora

“Fresno 1993: Robert Barrett the curator explained to me that the Fresno Council of 100 had given Betye Saar the distinguished artist award for 1993 – In the catalog Betys Saar was described as radiant.  My notebook from the time said that I thought the…
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@ THE RIVER Gallery The painting and drawings in this exhibition confront life’s choices, the consequences of choices, and the often-contrasting approaches men and women take regarding responsibility of their choices. The human condition has been a focus…
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What can a community do to keep the arts at the forefront of policy discussions?

This report offers a mechanism to think strategically as a community about the way arts could be kept at the forefront of policy discussions...
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