Reblogged from HaikuNews
Picasso takes his Lump
Picasso proclaimed, paintbrush in his hand
“He is not a dog, nor is he a man”
“He’s somebody else” in other words, viz.
He must be my muse, he is who he is
He swaggered, he stayed, leaving past behind
2 roommates, 6 years, the two intertwined
Lump was his name, repeatedly painted
In German, Rascal, roughly translated
Forty-four studies, from D. Velasquez
The resident pooch, astride Meninas
The one dog ever, Picasso picked up
Then held him so long, that short-legged pup
An Odyssey ended, a joy from the start
Companions befriended, died one week apart
No, not a haiku but this little poem insisted its way here today, much like Picasso’s furry friend who can be found in today’s post.
When Picasso painted his 44 versions of Diego Velasquez’s masterpiece “Las Meninas” he had a bit of assistance from a rascally dachshund. David Duncan, pet owner, photographer, author and friend visited Picasso’s hillside estate in Cannes in 1957 .
On that day Lump decided he should live with Picasso; later to be immortalized in 15 of the Meninas studies and featured in the subsequent book “Picasso and Lump: a Dachshund’s Odyssey”.
In the News: The Story of Picasso and a Dachshund