Picasso was also a Communist who joined the French party in 1944 and he remained a member of it until his death.
While some commentators have claimed that the Soviet government was not fond of his work there is little to back this up. Picasso was awarded a Stalin Prize and a Lenin Peace Prize by the USSR and there were numerous shows of his work in the Soviet Union. His art was also featured on Soviet postage stamps.
In fact the Soviets had a number of Picasso works in Soviet museums in part due to having expropriated the large art collection of wealthy Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin after the revolution. Many of these were some of Picasso's earlier works.
In the 1970's a Soviet art publisher released a folder with large postcard style reproductions of some of the most notable works in the collection. These we share here today with the name and date of each work.
Picasso's art is unique. It admits of neither blind imitation nor rejection. The diversity, significance and often contradictory nature of his works are remindful -- despite their innate unity -- of a museum housing the works of many masters...I shall not attempt to predict how the works of Picasso will inspire future generations, but I am convinced that he will leave his impress on the development of art - Ilya Ehrenburg
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Girl on a Ball 1905
Boy with a Dog 1905
The Dance of the Veils 1907
Picasso and Bowls 1908
Woman with a Fan (After the Ball) 1908
Factory in Horta de Ebro 1909
Three Women 1908
Table in a Cafe (Bottle of Pernod) 1908
Violin and Guitar 1913
Portrait of the Poet Sabartes 1901
Absinthe Drinker 1901
The Rendezvous 1900
Still Life with a Skull 1907
Portrait of a Young Woman 1903
Spanish Woman from Mallorca 1905
The Visit (Two Sisters) 1902
See also: Leonard Hutchinson and the Social Realist Art of Canadian Working Class Resistance in the 30s
See also: Sketches of the Soviet Union in the 70's: Anton Refregier -- Part II Ukraine, Latvia, Armenia, Turkmenia and Georgia