Art: Fifty Years in Front

Anyone who paints elephant-nosed women and six-sided guitars, and calls them art, should obviously see an oculist —or a doctor. But what if the patient can draw like Raphael when he chooses?

Pablo Picasso is this sort of irritating exception. In a half-century of painting he has ranged from classic perfection to near chaos, without once mislaying the sureness in execution and the vitality which are his only consistent characteristics. That half-century was summed up by scholarly Alfred H. Barr Jr., research director of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, in a comprehensively illustrated monograph...

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