Art: Proteus' Children

Posterity may not rank Pablo Picasso as the greatest master of his age. But every so often, Picasso launches on a new tack apparently designed to demonstrate, with an offhand show of dazzling invention, that whatever his contemporaries can do, he can do better. Most people think of him as a painter. But when he turns his hand to sculpture, the result makes the work of most fulltime modern sculptors seem labored.

The six semi-abstract bronze Bathers at Manhattan's Fine Arts Associates last week were cast from wooden figures, the tallest close to 9 ft. high. Picasso had nailed them together after...

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