Art: L'Affaire Picasso

Pablo Picasso's joining of the French Communist Party and the attack on his paintings at the Paris Autumn Salon (TIME, Oct. 16) were discussed last week in a Paris cable from TIME'S Correspondent Sherry Mangan. Excerpt:

Until the occupation, Picasso's politics, though pretty vague, were rather revolutionary than Stalinist. Obviously his formal party entry was long planned and delayed till the eve of the opening of the Salon d'Automne in order to make the maximum éclat.

You must realize the tremendous pull of the Communist Party here, which combines the enormous prestige of Red Army victories with a safe, nonrevolutionary, liberal social...

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