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One of the Picasso favorite pastimes was during the first winter of the First World War

was learning Russian. “It was a fasicination with Russia and mostly a fascination with the

Barones Helen d’Oettingen. “ Part f Picasso seductiveness was his willingness to be seduced,

and he and the Barones spent many long evenings together, absorbed, as far as the world was

concerned, in advancing his knowledge of Russia” (Cooper 15). At the same time when

Picasso was having one of his many flings, Eva became very sick. When Eva was

hospitalized, that was the first time Picasso was alone in years. He went to see her everyday at

the hospital, but he needed someone to comfort him during his lonely nights. He found

someone to comfort him during his lonely nights. Gaby Lespinasse was her name. A beautiful

twenty-seven year old Parisian. December 14, 1915, Eva dies. “My poor Eva is dead,” he

wrote to Gertrude Stein. “ It was a great sorrow… she was always so good to me.” Ever since

his little sister had so suddenly died, it seemed that death always winning.” (Huffington 52).

This was Picasso saddest Christmas of his life. After Eva’s death Picasso met Olga

Koklova, she was the daughter of a colonel in the Imperial Russian Army and had been bornin

in Niezin, in the ukraine. Picassso had always had a fascination with Russian things. On July

12, 1918 Picasso married Olga. On February 4, 1921, Olga gave birth to a baby boy. They

named him Paulo. Paulo was one of Picasso favorite subjects for many years. He first

sketched him on the day he was born, and he continued and paint pictures of Paulo while he

grew up.

In 1927, Picasso met Marie-Therese, who would later give birth to his daughter. On

September 5, 1935 Marie-Therese gave birth to a girl. This was Picasso second child by a

different women. “ The baby was given the name of her father’s dead sister, Maria de

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LaConcpcion, but on her birth certificate the identity of the father was declared

unknown”(Huffington 54). He loved Paulo more than he loved her. He would later change her

name to Maya Walter.

One of Picasso’s best-known paintings is Guernica, done in 1937 during the Spanish

Civil War. Nazi airplanes had bombed the Spanish town of Guernica. Picasso was outraged

by news of the death and destruction and put these feelings into a painting 26 feet long. It was

painted in black, white, and grey, and it shows people dying and suffering raid. (e.library).

The novelist Claude Roy, saw Guernica at the Paris World’s Fair and described it as “ a

message from another planet.” “Its violence dumbfounded me, it petrified me with an anxiety

I had never experienced before.” The Surrealist poet Michel Leiris summed up the sense of

despair engendered by Guernica: “ In a rectangle of black and white such as that in which

ancient tragedy appeared to us, Picasso sends us our announcement of our mourning: all that

we love is going to die…..” Herbert Read went even further: all that we love, Picasso is

saying has died.

On May 15, 1947, at the Belvedere Clinic in Boulogne, Francoise gave birth to a baby

boy. This was Picass’s third child by a third women. They named the baby Claude. This is

what Dominique Desanti, who visited a few times after Claude was born had to say.

“They were very striking couple together. She was so beautiful and he was

really astonishing, so aesthetically they were very striking to look at. He would

make aggressive remarks meant to pu down and humiliate her in front of

otheres ans she would laugh and make what he said seem innocuous. He would

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refer to her as “the woman.” “What has the woman made for dinner?” he

would ask. Or he would look at an erotically dressed woman on a postcard and

sight: “What a dream to have such a woman in front of you.” And Francoise

would laugh and diffuse it: “It’s very easy. We can do that. Just get me a dress

like that and I’ll put ion – it would be a very amusing disguise.” She never

looked cross or humiliated; she always made you