FRANCE: Too Bad about Mono Lisa

Painter Pablo Picasso is a cavalier kind of Communist, who no more submits to real Communist discipline than he does to any other discipline. Still, as a volunteer Communist, Picasso has contributed a flock of molting peace pigeons and the free use of his name to the party's cultural front. A fortnight ago, the party asked Picasso for a portrait of Stalin.

Picasso tried his hand at a likeness from memory. Spread over three columns, the result (see cut) appeared in the Stalin memorial issue of Les Lettres Françaises, Communist art and literary journal. Gibed the London Daily Mail: "Note the...

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