A few weeks ago I visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to reacquaint myself with the American Realists (Bellows, Hopper, Homer, etc.) and wandered into the French Impressionist gallery on the way. There in pride of place, dominating the gallery was Edouard Manet’s “The Old Musician”. And the grouping immediately reminded me of Picasso’s saltimbanques series. Picasso, the thief, the purloiner of visual ideas and styles was unafraid of anyone’s judgement….and of course this is his amazing strength, his genius, for which the cultural world is eternally grateful.