What a Piece of Work is—Poultry?: A Picasso Rooster Sculpture at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), July, 2008

In making a rooster an object of sculptural contemplation, I wonder if Picasso was punning and playing off of Rodin’s rough-hewn, yet dignified bronze images of men striving and thinking.

And in Picasso resisting the impulse to contemplate man in bronze, after a godlike fashion, I also see a response to the ancient Greek philosopher, Xenophanes, who said,

Mortals think that the gods are born as they are, and have senses, and a voice and body like their own.

But here is Picasso perhaps holding up for us the image of a rooster as a thing in the universe also echoing divinity—and worthy of reflection.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to What a Piece of Work is—Poultry?: A Picasso Rooster Sculpture at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), July, 2008

  1. harley says:

    i do believe you got it!

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