GRAND-PÈRE

A lot has been said and written about Picasso.  Some have depicted a self-centered man, absorbed by his art. Others have described a generous artist who gave his paintings to people he liked.
But it is through the eyes of his granddaughter Marina Picasso, the daughter of Paulo, Picasso’s son, that we are offered the most unusual portrait of the artist.
Raw, emotional, yet full of respect and human compassion, the book Marina wrote, published in France in 2001, is simply called Grand-père.The English version was published a year later under the title My Grandfather.
The book received mixed reviews because it is a very personal story that Marina tells.
But despite the critics who believed that the book should have never been published, and instead remained between Marina and her psychiatrist, I believe Grand-père is above everything a story of love. 
Love is often messy and Marina never ceases to love her grandfather and only long after his death, understands that the artist was himself consumed by love.  His artistic call, an untamable passion, was the reason of his incapacity of love.  
This is not a recent book but since Picasso has long ago entered the category of timeless artists, this memoir will never be obsolete.
It opens a creaking door onto one of the most famous families of the twentieth century. 
Disturbing, yes. Self-pitying, no.
It is a story full of hope and love for life. 

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