The fall of 1912 was a watershed for the 31-year-old Picasso.
Picasso would have done fine resting on the laurels that he won in 1909.
Apollinaire urged Picasso and Fernande, then in the south of France, to return to Paris as soon as possible.
We first met at her Georgetown mansion, filled with stunning Impressionist art: Renoir, Picasso, Degas.
The pieces include masterpieces by Picasso, Gauguin and Marc Chagall.
It was talking upon Post Impressionist lines, talking in the manner of Picasso.
"I think it is Picasso that interests me now," Sitgreaves was saying.
If, however, surprise were what Picasso aimed at he could go a very much easier way about it.
This is markedly true of Picasso who instigated the movement.
Also, so cosmopolitan is Paris, there were those who would put in the query: "Et Picasso?"