In my efforts to figure out what exactly an aquatint is, which failed miserably, I came across a couple of interesting Picasso vignettes: As a boy, the legendary Spanish painter took lessons from his father, an art teacher who often took his son to bullfights. When he noticed his son's overwhelming talent, he gave up his own brushes and declared he'd never paint again. The young artist went on to become prolific, as most of us know, but just how prolific? Prepare to feel like a first-class lout. In a seven-month period at age 87, Picasso did 357 etchings, drypoints, line engravings, aquatints and mezzotints. Not sure what those last two are, but I'll be way impressed with myself if I'm producing anything aside from nonsensical mumblings and ugly crocheted pot holders at that age. Art fans who normally view the master's work in museums will actually be able to acquire some pieces at a rare exhibition through January 31 at the Martin Lawrence Galleries, 13550 Dallas Parkway (in the Dallas Galleria). The 26 original sugar aquatints from Picasso's Tauromaquia Suite will be on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 1-800-950-1750.
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 11. Continues through Jan. 31