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Pablo Picasso

Pace/MacGill Gallery

“Later he used to say quite often, paper lasts quite as well as paint and after all if it ages together why not, and he said, further, after all, later, no one will see the picture, they will see the legend of the picture, the legend that the picture has created, then it makes no difference if the picture lasts or does not last. Later they will restore it, a picture lives by its legend and not by anything else.” The discovery of so many “lost” sketchbooks by Pablo Picasso only confirms that what he told Gertrude Stein about masterpieces applies equally well to the reputations of the people who make them. How many Giorgione paintings are by Giorgione is a question of interest only to academics. By the same token, these more-or-less “new” Picassos will make neither more nor less difference to a legend that will, of course, be refurbished periodically but which remains a legend despite

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