Twenty French 1 & 2 students (and one lone Latin sophomore) together with 5 adults visited Richmond on a beautiful April spring day. We had prepped for our encounter with Pablo Picasso’s works by examining 25 commented ‘oeuvres’ on line. The research was worth it, for we had some context in which to place what we viewed. This Spanish-born ‘Frenchman’ tried multiple art media and was not afraid to push the limits. Even youth who seem unfazed by screen violence & immorality were surprised at the unabashed openness of his art.
After about 90 minutes of studying his works, we left the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and strolled past interesting architecture in residential Richmond to Carytown where we enjoyed a French lunch at Brasserie Can-Can.
It was a perfect field trip on a perfect spring day. God was so gracious to take care of us. We all left Richmond with a new perspective on French culture. Food always reigns!