Perl writes: "The fascination here is not so much in the great works this exhibition contains - although there are a few - but in the sense of a visionary struggling to move forward, searching in past triumphs for the catalyst to future discoveries... there is no modern artist who has struggled more mightily than Picasso to reconcile the rival claims of sentiment and design."
Lewis notes: " If there is one realm where Picasso takes command of the experiment and distinguishes himself from his friend, it is the Cubism-ization of persons, specifically but not surprisingly, the female nude. Though dark browns and bronzes dominate all of the paintings, black smoke-like currents surrounding the subject of one of Picasso's nudes suggests a darkness of mind as well as palette..."
Jones asserts that "lay bare his imagination and his creative energy like nothing else he ever did. If every painting by Picasso were to vanish, and only this series of prints survived, his genius would still be obvious from this work alone. Guernica grows out of its imagery: in a sense (especially with its black and white palette) this famous painting is simply a translation to mural scale of the intense symbolism and mythic power of the etchings in the Vollard Suite."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.