Cory Schneider says Canucks game ‘wasn’t a Picasso’, but it totally was

“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.

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18 comments

  1. best behaviour
    March 22, 2013

    See, this is why I read this blog. Amusing AND educational, full of valid points and snorts of laughter.

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    • best behaviour
      March 22, 2013

      Actually, that top photo was labelled a “celebration” in the post-game photos on the Canucks site. Now that is a low-key celebration. I would not have known they scored right before unless we were told that – two of them kind of look like they’re trying to do Vern Fiddler’s impression of Bieksa. (Fail.)

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  2. BakerGeorgeT
    March 22, 2013

    I was dubious that this would be a great work of art. Mr Wagner, I salute you. This is hilarious.

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  3. BakerGeorgeT
    March 22, 2013

    Also, worst ever lockeroom nameplate: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad

    “Umm, we’ll just call you Picasso, k?”

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    • Jacob
      March 22, 2013

      Doesn’t long-established hockey tradition demand that he be called “Pabsy”?

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  4. chinook
    March 22, 2013

    And see how the coyotes on the jerseys of two fans are totally doing the anguished horse face! Brilliant PITB, Canucks-Coyotes as art appreciation.

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    • chinook
      March 22, 2013

      And take a look at another jersey in the crowd, to the right of the Canuck jersey. A wonderful cubist face (nope its not an eared goalie mask). Seems the crowd, not just the players, were into the Picasso thing. More innovative than doing the wave. To think that I could have missed this if not for PITB .

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  5. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 22, 2013

    Daniel, you’re a gentleman and a scholar.

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  6. KGG
    March 22, 2013

    Actually, that photo of Smith and Edler behind him shows exactly what I thought: Edler was never trying to hit Smith, he was trying to squeeze between Smith and the boards. The angles of the 2 players in that photo tells you all you need to know. 5 minutes was a joke and a suspension of any length would be a travesty.

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  7. Cathylu
    March 22, 2013

    Excellent post Daniel! Hopefully I speak with a tiny bit of authority since my college degree is in art. I knew that art and hockey could go together!

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  8. Brent
    March 22, 2013

    Nice one Mr. Art’s major,

    Thanks for reminding me of Guernica. Saw it in madrid years ago, before life got so busy and complicated. What isn’t evident in the picture is that it is huge! It fills a whole wall (3.5 m by almost 8 m). Not being that artistic, and as my wife says, all my taste is in my mouth, but that is one powerful painting! Very moving. If people get a chance, check out the original.

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  9. akidd
    March 22, 2013

    well done, daniel!!! put this one in your portfolio.

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  10. john
    March 23, 2013

    hey daniel, Cory did finish his degree. In finance actually. If youre going to print something, get your facts straight before you bash someone. Whats your degree in again?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 23, 2013

      Bash someone? How did you miss that this article was tongue-in-cheek?

      The closing sentence has been fixed. Relax.

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  11. seethruhead
    March 23, 2013

    Finally! Feels like its been a long time since I felt this blog was nonsensical enough and still relevant to the hockey being played. This is why I read this blog!

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  12. Canucksgold
    March 23, 2013

    Now I know why I read this blog. It’s not because I appreciate sports but because I love art. You guys have made references from Guernica to Tolstoy, which makes PITB so entertaining.

    Can I make a request for a Jane Austen reference, or have you already done that one and I missed it?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 23, 2013

      Ha. I’m sure we’ve made one before, but we’ll see what we can do.

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  13. Karen
    March 23, 2013

    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.

    You spelled “unfortunately” wrong.

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