Art: Papa Picasso

"A Picasso exhibit is like an automobile show," quipped one Paris critic, "everybody . . . flocks there, eager to see the new models . . ."

Last week Parisians were flocking to the government's Maison de la Pensee Française to see Picasso's latest. Most of the canvases were slightly more rakish versions of pictures Picasso had painted before. He had splashed on his oils thicker and brighter than ever; some of his nudes had developed a disconcerting habit of projecting their faces onto stark white islands above their multicolored and bulbous torsos.

But there were a few exceptions—new models, as it were—which...

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