To TIME: loud shouts of joy for its swell article [Feb. 13] on the greatest creative genius since Leonardo.
Your spread of Picasso deserves high praise.
The layout of the color reproductions of his various periods lends weight to a theory of mine: that artists lean to abstract painting when war is in the air. (Picasso's 1914-15 and 1935-36 periods would correspond to the beginning of the World War and to the Civil War in Spain.)
I feel a decided abstract period coming on right now.
VICTOR DE PAUW