Picasso Painting Raffled Off in Paris

December 25, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. depict [di-PIKT] (v.) – to illustrate or show visually
Example: The painting depicts human love.

2. overlap [o-ver-LAP] (v.) – to occupy a same part or area
Example: Intersecting lines overlap.

3. proceeds [PROH-seeds] (n.) – amount of money earned; income
Example: The proceeds from the exhibit will be used to improve the museum.

4. handicap [HAN-dee-kap] (n.) – disability of a person
Example: His physical handicap did not stop him from painting.

5. sympathize [SIM-puh-thahyz] (v.) – to be concerned with others’ state
Example: Artists often gain inspiration by sympathizing with others’ experiences.


Read the text below.
A raffle draw for a million dollar worth of painting by Pablo Picasso was recently held in Paris to raise funds for the restoration of the ancient city of Tyre in Lebanon.

Picasso is known for his Cubist masterpieces that depicted various geometrical shapes and overlapping lines. He finished his artwork titled “L'Homme au Gibus” or “Man in the Opera Hat” in 1914. An unknown donor bought the 99-year-old painting from a New York museum and gave it to the UNESCO-registered charity group called International Association to Save Tyre (AIST).

Out of an estimated fifty thousand tickets released, all were sold except 10,000 of it. Tickets were sold for 100 euros or 135 dollars each on the website 1picasso100euros.com, and all the proceeds from the raffle draw were given to AIST.

The institution’s goal is to give jobs to the people in Tyre, specially the women, youth, and those with handicap. Doing so will help preserve the ancient handicrafts of the city. An institute for Phoenician [fi-NISH-uh n, -NEE-shuh n] studies is also planned to be set up in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

Oliver Picasso, the painter’s grandson, completely approved of the activity as it provides help for a compelling cause. He is assured that his late grandfather would also agree to let his work be raffled in the event.

As Oliver recalled, Pablo Picasso was a generous man who usually donated cash and gifts to people in need. He added that Pablo deeply sympathized with others’ problematic situations.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         If you were Pablo Picasso, would you let your painting be raffled off for charity?
·         Given the chance, would you participate in the raffle? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         What is the importance of protecting ancient cities like Tyre?
·         How can the next generation be more concerned with ancient cities?


December 25, 2013