A 25-year-old American, who paid €100 for his raffle ticket, said he had been looking for a picture to hang on his living room
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Sunday 03 August 2008
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Friday 30 May 2008
Describing himself as a "fly" compared with the "mountain" of Picasso, Penrose makes a good Boswell. His endearing description of the artist at play "P picks up dog's bone, pretends to gnaw and then holds it as a continuation of his nose" reveals that the art-play never stopped. In the shadow of the master, there is much amusement to be had from courtiers squabbling for his approval. Bit players in this revealing portrait include Gary Cooper, Alfred Jarry ("understood very little of painting") and the Duke of Edinburgh, shown smiling broadly at a Picasso show in 1960.
Saturday 24 May 2008
Picasso's anti-war masterpiece Guernica, the jewel in the crown of Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum, has been given a flattering new look by the city's principal gallery of Spanish modern art.
Saturday 17 May 2008
Two of Pablo Picasso's heiresses are suing an author over her book about the artist's second wife, Jacqueline Picasso.
Thursday 08 May 2008
When Pablo Picasso presented an ornate, cut-out doll to the four-year-old daughter of his close friends as a birthday gift, the girl promptly burst into tears because she had wanted a doll she had seen in a toy shop, not a creation from the Spanish artist's own hand.
Friday 02 May 2008
Forced by poverty to leave school early, barely literate, Eugenio Arias learned barbering from his uncle and had a life common to many who fled Spain under Franco to seek a new life in France – except for his long friendship with Pablo Picasso.
Friday 21 March 2008
Sunday 27 January 2008
Friday 25 January 2008
Judging from the reviews I've seen so far, critics are simultaneously in agreement and disagreement about From Russia, the Royal Academy's new exhibition of art from four great Russian collections. They agree that this is a remarkably varied exhibition, in terms of style and quality, but they disagree about the highlights and lowlights. One critic is disappointed by Matisse's The Dance – in terms of the pre-publicity, an undisputed star of the show – while several others single it out as being worth the price of admission in itself. And though they concur about the odd disorderly mélange that the exhibition delivers to its visitors – a potpourri of the masterly and the derivative, the brilliantly conceived and the aesthetically wrong-headed – they all have their own individual lists of which pictures might count as saving graces. One would hardly have expected anything else, of course: it is only a fantasy of connoisseurship that would lead one to expect the wheat to be sorted from the chaff with perfect consistency, undisturbed by vagaries of taste or temperament.
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