“It wasn’t necessarily pretty all the time. It wasn’t a Picasso, but it was effective and it got the job done.”
That’s what Cory Schneider said after the Canucks’ hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. While I understand what he’s saying and it’s a pretty common phrase, I have to wonder how many Picassos Schneider has seen in his life. Picasso’s paintings may be brilliant masterpieces, but not too many of them can be appropriately described as “pretty.”
In fact, the surrealism of Keith Ballard playing forward, the usually sleepy Alex Edler running over Mike Smith, and Chris Tanev scoring a goal fits pretty well with Picasso’s surrealist period. Here are three examples of how the game between the Canucks and Coyotes totally was a Picasso.
This photograph taken by Christian Petersen strongly resembles Picasso’s famous “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” from 1907. Note how each player on the ice is depicted in a unique fashion using a multiplicity of styles. Fortunately, none of them are naked, as in Picasso’s work.
Picasso’s work ultimately led to the Cubist movement, while this photo ultimately led to fist bumps at the bench.
When Alex Edler bodychecked Mike Smith behind the Coyotes’ net, as depicted in this photograph by Norm Hall, little did he know he was reenacting one of Picasso’s most vibrant and striking paintings, “Bullfight: Death of the Toreador” from 1933.
There is an added layer to this work, as Mike Smith is represented by both the Toreador being gored and the grey horse, which is snapping its head back and completely flipping out.
Here is the aftermath of Edler’s hit on Smith, as captured by Christian Petersen, and it is utter chaos. Limbs stick out at odd angles, sticks and gloves lay about haphazardly, and there’s even a Coyotes’ glove floating in mid-air, suspended in time. It reminds me of Picasso’s “Guernica” from 1937.
The insane, flipping-out horse that represents Mike Smith even makes a reappearance, this time in the middle of the melee.
In closing, Cory Schneider doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Does Boston College offer Fine Art classes? He should audit one.Tags: Questionable Comedic Content