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Master of surprises : Picasso, the sculptor

Sep 26, 2015 - The Economist

Why the Spanish artist was as inspiring a sculptor as he was a painter

IN 1971 the 90-year-old Pablo Picasso described a catalogue of his sculpture as the chronicle of "an unknown civilisation". The mystery was mostly of his own making. Trained as a painter, he turned to sculpture from an inner compulsion, using the medium to explore the deeper reaches of his psyche, but keeping the results largely hidden from public view.

These works were usually improvisational, radically experime...