How Did Picasso Do It?

An episode from 11/16/21: Tonight I read from a few books on Pablo Picasso, where he talks about how the power behind his own paintings, and his huge output, remained a mystery for him as much as anyone else. For most of the time, Picasso seems to have been along for the ride, and the lasting nature of his work seems to be less about how consciously he went about it, than how intuitively he was able to deal with an impulse he barely understood himself.

The first few quotations come from the huge Taschen book about Picasso that covers his entire life; the rest come from the multi-volume biography of Picasso by John Richardson:

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