The figures are recognizable as people, which is more than can be saidfor some paintings from his Cubist period. The fractured cubist portraits,which depict individuals from a multitude of directions, confuse many museumgoers. The public is interested in the Blue Period paintings from his youthbecause of what he created later. Early Picasso is not as pleasurable to viewas Impressionism, to cite just one example. Some of the reverence for theseworks comes from the fact that experts say they should be seen, enjoyed, andrespected for what Picasso was to become, the epitome of modernism. The mostimportant art may be difficult to understand, even disturbing, while art thatis superficially appealing may be overly saccharine, lack any meaning afterthe first glance, and remain totally unimportant.