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A Rare Look at a Career's Missing Link, by Michael Fitzgerald

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If we drew an arc across the great years of Picasso's career during the first half of the 20th century, there would be two paramount achievements: 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' in 1907 and 'Guernica' in 1937. The first was Picasso's breakthrough as he shattered the artistic conventions of the 19th century; the second became the most powerful work capturing the humanitarian crises and political violence of the 20th century. Within the 30-year period separating these two masterpieces lies another: 'Painter and Model.' In my view, 'Painter and Model' is not only Picasso's most important painting since 'Les Demoiselles' but also the essential precedent for 'Guernica.' It is the missing link in the career of the greatest artist of the 20th century.
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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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