From Herculean to lecherous / De hercúleo a lujurioso

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There were a number of original Picassos on display at the Picasso Birthplace Museum, as well as reproductions and photographs. They demonstrate well the artistic gift he had at a very early age, and that’s what I decided to share today. According to the audio tour, in later life Picasso would comment on the old male artists who hired nubile young models. When he was 73, he did a number of lithographs on the subject that it was said were intended to poke fun at himself.

I’m not quite as old as Picasso was at the time, but I think it’s time for me to get back into figure drawing and hire some young nubile models myself. The last time I did that was 1982. And San Geraldo posed for free.


Había una serie de Picassos originales en exhibición en el Museo Casa Natal de Picasso, así como reproducciones y fotografías. Demuestran bien el don artístico que tuvo a una edad muy temprana, y eso es lo que decidí compartir hoy. De acuerdo con el recorrido de audio, en su vida posterior, Picasso comentaría sobre los viejos artistas masculinos que contrataron modelos jóvenes núbiles. Cuando tenía 73 años, hizo una serie de litografías sobre el tema que, según se decía, tenían la intención de burlarse de sí mismo.

No soy tan viejo como lo era Picasso en ese momento, pero creo que es hora de que vuelva a dibujar figuras y contrate a algunos modelos jóvenes y núbiles. La última vez que lo hice fue en 1982. Y San Geraldo posó gratis.

• “Hercules” (reproduction). 1890, when Picasso was 9 years old. Drawing based on a statue in the studio where he studied.
• “Hércules” (reproducción). 1890, cuando Picasso tenía 9 años.
• The statue among other items used in the studio. The drawing and these items are housed at the Picasso Museum, Barcelona.
• La estatua entre otros elementos utilizados en el estudio. El dibujo y estos elementos se encuentran en el Museo Picasso de Barcelona.
• “The Port of Málaga.” Painted by Picasso between 1888 and 1890, when he was between 7 and 9 years old.
• “El Puerto de Málaga”. Pintado por Picasso entre 1888 y 1890, cuando tenía entre 7 y 9 años.
• “Reclining Model.” 1954, when Picasso was 73 years old.
• “Modelo reclinada”. 1954, cuando Picasso tenía 73 años.
• A nubile San Geraldo (and my right leg) at Arcos Blancos Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 1982.
• Un núbil San Geraldo (y mi pierna derecha) en Resort Arcos Blancos, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Noviembre 1982.
• We started with Saturday at dawn and end with Saturday near sunset.
• Comenzamos con el sábado al amanecer y terminamos con el sábado cerca del atardecer.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

43 thoughts on “From Herculean to lecherous / De hercúleo a lujurioso”

  1. Your dawn photo is stunning!
    As is your SG sketch!
    We have a few Picasso prints hanging…..a couple of his ‘Bullfighter on Horse II’ series/1959 and one of his son. We enjoy them.

    1. Jim:
      I had a number of Picasso prints long before I met SG. Don’t know what ever happened to them. It’s incredible to be surrounded by his things here.

  2. nothing better than a great looking speedo bum ~ we grew up in this world like so many others ~ Picasso nubiles always great to ponder ~ I can feel those warm Med breezes ~ love them esp. in the a.m.

    1. Ron Troke:
      Another glorious day and similar sunrise. I try to not take it for granted. Oh, those Speed bums.

  3. Lovely sunrise/sunset photos! Your etching compares very well with, and is better than, some I’ve seen in galleries… Jx

    PS If you do hire any “nubile” young models from the paseo, make sure a) the patterns on their clothing match, and b) both legs of their shorts are rolled down.

    1. In my oh so not important opinion, Jon, if the young models are nubile, it doesn’t matter what they’re wearing 🙂

      1. Deedles:
        That’s exactly what I thought. Besides, if they were in mismatched patterns and colours, and strange shorts, they wouldn’t be in them for long.

    2. Jon:
      I used to want to be seen in galleries. Now I just want to create again. And, if I do hire nubile young models, they won’t be wearing much of anything.

    1. Debra:
      Whenever I see what you’re doing, I get inspired. I need something to really light the spark. Maybe it needs to just become part of my day — like coffee, and meals, and the gym, and walks, and museums.

  4. I was first wondering, “What’s up with the tiny feet?” on the first Picasso sketch… until I saw that he was only 9! Wow.
    Your drawing is so wonderful. No adequate words to praise it.

    1. Judy C:
      Thanks so much. I wish I had things I had created at that age. I wonder how good they actually were. I was called an artist from the start. But that oil painting by Picasso is amazing.

  5. Plus: I just read yesterday’s post — what a beautiful building that museum is! And, what fun to get to see a video of Moose!

    1. Judy C:
      The home had been closed for months for renovations. Great job. SG and I were in bed just lounging and I spotted Moose’s leg movement. So glad I had my iPad. Unfortunately, he wasn’t talking in his sleep that time.

  6. I have never cared for Picasso’s art, myself. To each their own, I guess. I do like your drawings immensely.

    1. Deedles:
      I know a lot of people who don’t have an appreciation for Picasso. I’ve loved his work since I was very young. I MUST start drawing again. I used to not be found anywhere without a pen or pencil in my hand.

  7. Excellent work on the Speedo-clad SG! Your artistic abilities far surpass mine. I’m surprised any of Picasso’s work survived from so early in his life.

    1. Steve:
      I used always have a sketchbook with me and was never without a drawing implement. I miss those days and need to get that confidence back. (And it was very therapeutic.)

  8. Picasso has never been a favorite of mine, but I must admit I’m quite impressed with his youthful talent – especially that painting!

    Your sunrise is absolutely stunning.

    1. Kelly:
      So many abstract artists started with classical trainings. Seeing both makes me really appreciate what goes into the abstractions. Another sunrise like that today. I went back to bed instead of taking pictures.

    1. lizhinds:
      Many people would agree with you. I love his progression. I have some nice memories from looking back at old drawings of mine. I need to get back to that.

  9. Life modeling?!?!? I have done that for my friend and his work and featured it once on the blog when he gifted me two of the drawings he did. I’d be happy to help and pose, though the commute might be killer.

    Love the rawness of your drawing!!!!!!! It’s quite good.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      In one of my classes our nude model didn’t show up one day. I showed up a few minutes late, so I was told my punishment was to be the model for the day. I wasn’t asked to take my clothes off (I wouldn’t have at the time — I was about 21). But I loved posing and the teacher even told me I was a great model. It was fun. And thanks about the drawing. I need to get back to it and to the freedom I allowed myself.

    1. Frank:
      I had to pee desperately but I couldn’t miss that sunrise. I took about 40 consecutive photos. Then I RAN into the house to pee.

  10. Well, thanks to Debra She Who Seeks, sky photography has been ruined for me because all I saw in your beautiful sunrise shot was a large rabbit surfing, LOL!

    1. Chrissoup:
      I’ve shared them years ago. Time to do so again. Maybe it will inspire me.

    1. Urspo:
      He didn’t show much respect for the women in his life but at least he could laugh at himself.

  11. That Picasso could draw so well so early may be the reason he was so eager to experiment as an adult. Mere expertise bored him.

    As for your San Geraldo, he could give Hercules a run for his money. Next time have him wear a fig leaf.

    1. Kirk:
      I agree. Some of the most gifted abstract artist and impressionists (among others) were gifted classicists in their early lives. San Geraldo would have no qualms about going without the fig leaf.

  12. Picasso was pretty good at 9 years old, and I love your work! I’d like to see more of it.


    1. janiejunebug:
      I’ll start sharing my old work again. Thanks. And I need to start up again.

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