Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Picasso and my cleaning lady

I love my cleaning lady.She is not a stupid woman, but her education did not go beyond the fourth grade. One day she brought me beautiful book called "Picass and his Women". She told me she found it in the garbage and thought that since I was an artist, I would like to have it. She did not have a clue about who Picasso was. She stayed by my side while I went through the book, looking at the portraits of Dora Maar, Marie Thèrése, Maia and others. She would ask..."that is a portrait of a woman? One eye and the nose in the place of the mouth? "I tried to explain that Picasso was one of the greatest artists of the last century and that his work worth millions of dollars. I told her that I could give her a poster of Picasso as thanks for that book. She said: "no thanks, I would not hang this in my house at all. A woman with just one eye and a nose in place of the mouth...no thanks."
Other remarks followed by the cleaning lady when she was going to my art books.Venus de Milo for her became a handicapped lady and the Winged Victory a headless woman.


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