Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was a lifelong Communist. But, as it turns out, it was more complicated than that.
This week… Ai Weiwei Easter egg, Picasso & Marie-Thérèse, camera obscura, LACMA acquisitions, John Berger’s new book, thoughts on criticism and Mummers in Newfoundland.
Picasso Biographer Weighs In On Le Guennec Picassos
John Richardson, the art historian who has written (and is still writing) the definitive Picasso biography, has published his thought on Vanity Fair‘s website on the recently discovered Picassos in the possession of Pierre Le Guennec, Picasso’s electrician. He writes, “Picasso would never, in my opinion, have given away these works — so relevant to his early development — not even to his wife.” [Vanity Fair]
Picasso Would Be 129 Today
Picasso would have turned 129 today, if the polymath artist, sculptor and co-inventor of cubism hadn’t died in 1973 at the age of 92. Born in 1881, the artist rapidly commenced almost a full century of being awesome.
So today we will put this Jonathan Richman song on repeat and remember that Pablo Picasso was never, ever called an asshole.