I meant to write about this soon after it happened, but got sidetracked:
On 20 May 2010, the museum reported the overnight theft of five paintings from its collection. The paintings taken were Le pigeon aux petits pois (The Pigeon with the Peas) by Pablo Picasso, La Pastorale by Henri Matisse, L’Olivier Près de l’Estaque (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque, La Femme à l’Éventail (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani and Nature Morte aux Chandeliers (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Léger and were valued at €100 million ( US$123 million).
— From the Wikipedia entry on the Paris Museum of Modern Art
So naturally I looked up the paintings mentioned. Here’s what the aforementioned Picasso looks like.
While the authorities are busy searching for the painting, I suggest you get busy searching for the pigeon and the peas.
So I asked my friend Angshu how one goes about drawing something like this. His answer went something like:
Imagine a normal picture drawn on a two dimensional plane. Cut it up into little squares and shuffle them around while also moving them randomly up and down in the third dimension. Now take the resulting 3D image of little squares at various heights and project it back to the 2D plane.
I guess the reason why Picasso is famous is that he manages to do all of this in his mind and just paint the result on canvas.