Saturday, December 1, 2012

Minibot challenge: Cubebot Finds His Roots

Cubebot was very lonely when he got to earth, until one day:

Quickly he found the Gallery. As he went into the exhibition he gasped:

" Mon Dieu!  It's Grandmama, who ran away to earth with an artist". (I didn't know I could speak French, he thought). A beautiful young women with more than a passing resemblance to Grandmama approached:

"Mon Dieu, she is my grandmama also! We are cousins. My name is Jolie. You must come home with me right away and meet your other cousins."

"This is Marie-Therese, the grandaughter of our grandpapa Pablo and  his fourth mistress".
"Bonjour Marie-Therese" said Cubebot. Jolie whispered in his ear, "She's flamboyant, like her grandmama, but shallow."

He sat down to enjoy a beer with two cousins, Pablito, Jolie's brother, and Rubik. "He's the brainy one," whispered Jolie.
(He may be brainy, thought Cubebot, but I could teach him a thing or two).

Alas, Rubik was brainy, but not very flexible, so they gave up and posed for a family photo:

And from then on Cubebot was not lonely on earth.


Thanks to Areaware and Christine for the great challenge,  to Briar for sizing and printing the pictures, to Corinna who found Rubik (who was also lost and lonely) and to Grandpapa Pablo and and his many muses who gave us new and beautiful ways of seeing the world. Marie-Therese's chair and the Le Corbusier sofas by Reac. Fireplace by Jim Coates.

Paintings by Pablo Picasso, unless stated otherwise. Where possible titles are linked to the holders of the original. All Picasso images copyright of the estate of Pablo Picasso.

Image on Cubism poster: 

Images in City Gallery (left to right):

Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), 1911-12

Nude, 1907, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Marie-Therese and her Grandmama:

--> Woman with a book, 1932 

Picasso Self-portrait, 1907
Narodni Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.

Other paintings on walls of cousins' home (left to right): 

  Seated Woman with Wrist Watch, 1932. Collection of Emily Fisher Landau

Gertrude Stein, 1905-06




  1. Absolutely brilliant Maureen! Well done, very clever and a lot of thought...J xx

  2. Fantastic!!! I love the paintings and the story his hilarious. I love the emotion you got out of all of your subjects. So cool. Rubik is hilarious. Good luck, I hope you win!

  3. This is absolutely cool, I love it. Rubik has always been close to my heart having memorised finishing the cube at young age...

    Great work, I love your ideas.

  4. =) Lovely story! You made me smile! Take care!