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James LordPicaso: The Communist Years by Gertje R. Utley is a highly interesting and deeply serious study by a distinguished art historian who has already published two volumes devoted to various aspects of Picasso's prodigious oeuvre. It is only fair to observe at once- with regret- that the deep seriousness and high interest are not accompanied by penetrating insight and lucid understanding.
Picasso dreaded death and yearned for immortality. And it seems that until this very day he has, as usual, got what he wanted. Having set out to indict him, Utley cannot bring herself to do so. She describes in detail the creations and doings of the "Communist Years", but never an inkling of condemnation slips from her devious word processor. It allows, however, numerous factual inaccuracies and highly debatable aesthetic speculations, especially concerning the work of the final decades, which declined in formal, imaginative and even technical power.
—Times Literary Supplement