There is an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work in Paris, at the Musée Nationale; after it closes on May 15 the show travels to San Francisco’s de Young Museum.
One of the pieces on display is Picasso’s Bull Head made during WWII in 1942, when Picasso was living and working in occupied France.
“Out of the blue, comes a moment of wit and whimsy: "Bull's Head" (1942), a sculpture made from a bicycle saddle and handlebars.
At once both childlike and highly sophisticated in its simplicity, it stands as an assertion of the transforming power of the human imagination at a time when human values were under siege.
Consisting as it does of only two elements, "Bull's Head" is Picasso's sparest sculpture. And it is unique among his assemblages for its transparency.”
Some may read that and say, “What utter bull shit about a bull’s head.” So many times I have heard people say of Picasso’s work, “I could have done that.” But the point is, they didn’t.
There is an old saying, “In order to be successful you need to be First, Best or Different; Picasso was all three.
Rather than even try to analyze or wax lyrical about “The Bull’s Head” or any of Picasso’s work for that matter; I just think it is pretty damn cool, I like it and I’m glad he made it.
Sometimes we miss out on some of life's simple pleasures by trying to understand or analize everything. After all we don't look at a beautiful flower and say, "I don't get it."
If you are into art like this, check out Fluxus.