Art: Picasso PROTEAN GENIUS OF MODERN ART

THE caretaker peers through the peephole in the front gate of the walled villa overlooking Cannes, disappears, then returns to admit the visitor. A dark-haired, handsome woman in blue pants emerges from the big square house and says: "Picasso will be down in a moment." She is Jacqueline Roque. a 30-year-old divorcee who is Picasso's latest companion, and she speaks with the air of one announcing the approach of an emperor.

Everywhere there are signs of the prodigious energy of the most dynamic and disturbing artist of his time. Ferocious bronze owls glare from...

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