Art: Beach Bums by Pablo

When Picasso's 5,000-lb. array of bronze Bathers arrived in Houston last week. Museum of Fine Arts Director James Johnson Sweeney took an anxious look around the museum's Mies van der Rohe-designed Cullinan Hall, wondering where to put them. Then Sweeney, who used to run various museums on the East Coast, recalled that he was in Texas and quickly built a swimming pool for The Bathers' ponderous plunge.

Now Picasso's lady diver stands poised and suspenseful on a sturdy diving board, a child bather lurks in water up to his chest, and the four remaining figures idle at poolside. like beach bums...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!