“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.”
Ford replied,”Produce it anyway.”
Bust of a Faun
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso
Oil on paper mounted on canvas (1946)
"Pablo Picasso expressed the youthful innocence of this faun through the creature’s sweet smile, quirky eyes, and mismatched ears. The half human–half goat is depicted in a geometric pattern that suggests a harlequin, a theatrical trickster character. Picasso was fascinated with hybrid and mythical creatures, often portraying himself in such guises. He understood them as embodying the rational and irrational forces that live within us."
“Joseph Hirsch painted Lynch Family as a response to racial disturbances in the South in 1946. That year the number of lynchings rose from an all-time low in January to a fevered pitch by August. Citizens across the country urged President Truman and Congress to end the horrors. To capture the tragedy of Lynch Family, Hirsch presented a mother with her baby, presumably survivors of a lynching victim, in abstracted surroundings. The painting focuses on the mother’s intense yet restrained hold on her defiant child while she turns to hide her anguish. The blue background floats around the figures. It both highlights their pain and contrasts with the sheer beauty of Hirsch’s painterly technique.” — From the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art