Surviving Picasso

SURVIVING PICASSO tells the story of Picasso’s love affairs from the time of the Nazi occu

pation of Paris to his death decades later. His painting is treated as secondary material, it is just

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known he an accomplished painter.Onlya few times is he shown actually painting.

When Picassofirst meets Francoise and her girlfriend, he warns them, “You are in the

labyrinth of the Minotaur. You should know that the Minotaur consumes at least two maidens a day.”

His view of himself as a dirty old man is shared by his previous lover Dora Maar who tells him, “You

may be a great painter, but you are morally corrupt. You’ve contaminated the whole world.”

Picasso has had many lovers and/or wives he seem to have them under a spell.Atfirst I

think they are drawn to him because of who he is and are a little starstruck.He seemed to be

charming at times, but quite possesive and somewhat insane at other times. A weird thign about him

is that he saved every piece of cut hair and every nail clipping of his. He had them carefully num

bered and dated so that no one could steal them and do black magic against him. I really couldn;t

understand his mindset, like where he was comign from. It was quite apparent thtat he didn;t think of

his wives/lovers as human beings.They were like possesions he owned.I found it sad how

attached his earlier wife got.I guess by the way he kept his lovers they had no choice but ot live for

him if they were locked up in a house. I;m sure most would go insane , then topping it off with

seeign him with someone else.Upon seeing a cat in a field he remarks, “I love wild cats. They are

always pregnant because they think of nothing but love.” He then forces Francoise to watch as a big

bird swoops down and kills the poor cat. Picasso is not shown to have a remorseful bone in his

body. The closest he comes is when he declares, “I make…


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