Art: Springtime for Pablo

The greatest living artist, Pablo Picasso, 73, was up to his ink-black eyes in glory. Last week a huge retrospective show of his paintings at the Louvre drew more than 5,000 visitors in a single day; his prints and drawings went on view at Paris' National Library, and both exhibitions got adoring reviews. "Picasso," said the weekly Arts, "has played an incalculably important role in the history of painting." Added Figaro: "No artist ever dared go as far as Picasso."

Staring & Transforming. The old man started going farther, faster, half a century ago....

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