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Today in History

June 24th, 1901 marked the beginning of Pablo Picasso’s first Paris exhibition, at the age of 19. Later that year, he entered his famous “Blue Period”. The two paintings featured here are from 1901. Some of the distinctive elements of Picasso’s style are already apparent, but the style is also quite different from what we see in many of his later works. It’s fascinating to trace the development of such a genius and prolific creator.

Riffing with Palin

“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the second of June, in twenty-eleven;
Recounted by Palin as she made
A riff on that famous day and year
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He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Ring those bells in the belfry arch
And send warning shots as a signal, all right? 
Ring once if by land, and twice if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ringing my bells and shooting my guns
To warn those British that, by darn,
All our countryfolk will be free and armed!””