Art: The Great Debate

Pablo Picasso once warned a baffled interviewer not to "ask questions of the man at the wheel." People think he is sometimes off his course, but the aging (65) helmsman of modern art presumably knows where he is going. For 40 years he has let others debate his painting for him. The debate was hot as ever last week.

Anti-Picassos had found new ammunition in an article by British Painter and Critic Michael Ayrton. As a painter, Ayrton admits Picasso's influence—even on himself. As a critic he consistently opposes it. He wrote (in New...

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