December 30, 2009
Paloma's Little Guitar
Whoops! Picasso’s “Little Guitar”, a toy sculpture made for his daughter Paloma, was found in the shoebox of an Italian businessman.
Italian Police state that Picasso had given the toy to his friend Vittorio Parisi. I guess Paloma didn’t like it. Two years ago, Parisi, at the ripe old age of 92, handed over the little guitar to an Italian businessman and amateur artist who had promised to build a glass showcase for it to be exhibited at the civic museum on Lake Maggiore.
But from that day the Paloma’s little guitar had not been seen.
After Parisi's death in January of 2009, his widow asked police to try to find the famous guitar. She alerted them that the "Little Guitar" was still in the hands of the businessman. Police say the unnamed businessman never returned the work, keeping it in a shoebox (undoubtedly, a very fine shoebox) in his home.
Maybe he just never got around to it. If the unnamed procrastinator is anything like my family and our picture framing queue, I bet he was just putting it off for another day.
I don’t think the little guitar is particularly good but it kind of makes me want to treat those wooden boats and “starfighters” made from glue and glitter that my boy and I created with a little more respect.
AP Photo/Angelo Carconi.