Art: Anatomy of a Minotaur

PABLO PICASSO is nearly as old as the electric light bulb. He was nearing his quarter-century by the time the Wright brothers lumbered into the air at Kitty Hawk. He was well known by the start of World War I and a celebrity when it ended. Since then, his reputation has increased exponentially, to the point where the shape of 20th century art is unimaginable without him. This week Picasso turned 90, and his birthday summoned a procession of tribute bearers. The Louvre has turned over its Grande Galerie to a selection of Picasso's work, the first time in its history...

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