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Picasso: Drawing as if to Possess

“. . . Que je les possède!” was the phrase used by Picasso discussing his figure drawing in a recent conversation with Professor William Rubin of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“CUBIST SIMULTANEITY OF POINT OF view” is a phrase so familiar, and in one sense so well founded, that it seems to cover whatever else in that line there was to invent. If Cubism had done it all in the teens of the century, why fuss about Picasso still doing it forty years later?

Cubism had not done it all. Cubism was still a transformation of remembered solids into a two-dimensional system. The world it inherited was the world’s theater spaced out with objects, and its effect on the imaging of familiar bodies was to unsolder their structure and scatter their parts. Whereas two world wars later, the given flat Cubist space is taken for granted. It is where its creator has been at home for a generation. And the

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