How Political Was Picasso?

Picasso: Peace and Freedom

an exhibition at Tate Liverpool, May 21–August 30, 2010; the Albertina, Vienna, September 22, 2010–January 16, 2011; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, February 11–May 29, 2011
Catalog of the exhibition edited by Lynda Morris and Christoph Grunenberg
London: Tate Publishing, 255 pp., $60.00

Morir en Madrid

by Louis Delaprée, edited by Martin Minchom
Madrid: Raíces, 222 pp., €18.00

Asked where he stood politically in the years leading up to the Spanish civil war, Picasso would answer that since he was a Spaniard and Spain was a monarchy, he was a royalist. D.H. Kahnweiler, his dealer and close friend, and a lifelong socialist, asserted that Picasso was the most apolitical man he had ever met: “His Communism is quite unpolitical. He has never read a line of Karl Marx, nor of Engels of course. His Communism is sentimental…. He once said to me, ‘Pour moi, le Parti Communiste est le parti des pauvres.’”

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