In a recent review of "Picasso: Mosqueteros" at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, Roberta Smith discusses the exhibition in an audio slide show: nytimes.com/interactive/2009/04/17/arts/design/20090417-picasso-audioss/index.html
It is written that there are two states of an etching at the end of a long wall. "They depict an artist gussied up like Rembrandt working from the model; but the main effect is a dense squall of scribbles, spirals and scratches that nearly obliterates them. It is as if the pressure of Picasso's final years generated its own weather system."
Or could Picasso be enjoying one last poke at Rembrandt's expense.....
"Picasso: Mosqueteros" remains on view through June 6 at the Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea (212) 741-1717 gagosian.com.
Roberta Smith, Art Review, "Going All Out, Right to the End," New York Times, Weekend ARTS, Friday, April 17, 2009
PS See the print/story, LITTLE MS. MUFFET, for a Picasso quote appropriated from the same nytimes review. Picasso's own pithy comments shed light on his later images currently seen in the Gagosian Gallery.