Art: Picasso at Home

"Of the adventurous and inventive spirit which had characterized French, or more exactly Parisian painting . . . hardly a trace remains. All the work produced during the Occupation (except Picasso's . . .) told of a passive, bewildered acceptance of exhausted motives."

This impression of an English visitor to Paris appeared in the April issue of London's Cornhill Magazine. The visitor was John Knewstub Rothenstein, director of London's Tate Gallery, son of the late, famed portraitist-memorist, Sir William Rothenstein. His principal report was on Pablo Picasso, considered by many (including himself) the world's...