This week, a painting by the artist was sold at Sotheby's for £28.5 million while a new work debuted at the British Museum.

This article titled “Why Picasso is the apex of art” was written by Jonathan Jones, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 6th February 2013 15.02 UTC

Picasso is the greatest modern artist. The market says so, and the British Museum agrees.

This week a Picasso was sold at Sotheby's for £28.5m. In the same week, an exhibition opens at the British Museum in which an ice age carving is sanctified by the simple fact that Picasso admired it – a photograph showing replicas that he owned is shown next to it, as proof this must be art. Picasso has become for us an almost religious icon of imagination, originality, genius.

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