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How good, really, was Pablo Picasso?

By Sebastian Smee

04 Apr 2023 · 10 min read

informed Summary

Fifty years after his death, The Washington Post explores in detail whether Pablo Picasso deserves the notoriety he has received.

Blue Picasso, pink Picasso, cubist Picasso, society Picasso, surreal Picasso, ceramist Picasso, late Picasso. Picasso in his underwear, Picasso in a bow tie. Harlequin Picasso, bullfight Picasso, the poets' Picasso, the GIs' Picasso. Anti-fascist Picasso, communist Picasso, peace dove Picasso. Prankster Picasso, heartsick Picasso, lecherous Picasso.

Yes, Pablo Picasso was all over the place. He died 50 years ago this month at 91, and we're still trying to clean up his mess.

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