James Sargent

The African masks at the Trocadero Museum of Ethnology in Paris caught the eye of young Pablo Picasso, “... all these that people had created with a sacred, magical purpose, to serve as intermediaries between them and the unknown, hostile forces surrounding them, attempting in that way to overcome their fears by giving them color and form.  And then I understood what painting really meant.  It’s not an esthetic process; it’s a form of magic that interposes itself between us and the hostile universe , a means of seizing power by imposing a form on our terrors as well as our desires.  The day I understood that, I had found my path.”

     Pablo Picasso