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Picasso His Life And Work


Author : Sir Roland Penrose
language : en
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date : 1981

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"Intimate, yet objective; comprehensive, yet enthralling; this biography of the greatest artists of our century will rank with Vasari in the annals of European painting."--Sir Herbert Read

Picasso


Author : Gertrude Stein
language : en
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date : 2012-06-08

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Intimate, revealing memoir of Picasso as man and artist by influential literary figure. Highly readable amalgam of biographical fact, artistic and aesthetic comments. One of Stein's most accessible works. 61 black-and-white illustrations. Index.

Pablo Picasso


Author : Victoria Charles
language : en
Publisher: Parkstone International
Release Date : 2011-07-01

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Picasso was born a Spaniard and, so they say, began to draw before he could speak. As an infant he was instinctively attracted to artist’s tools. In early childhood he could spend hours in happy concentration drawing spirals with a sense and meaning known only to himself. At other times, shunning children’s games, he traced his first pictures in the sand. This early self-expression held out promise of a rare gift. Málaga must be mentioned, for it was there, on 25 October 1881, that Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born and it was there that he spent the first ten years of his life. Picasso’s father was a painter and professor at the School of Fine Arts and Crafts. Picasso learnt from him the basics of formal academic art training. Then he studied at the Academy of Arts in Madrid but never finished his degree. Picasso, who was not yet eighteen, had reached the point of his greatest rebelliousness; he repudiated academia’s anemic aesthetics along with realism’s pedestrian prose and, quite naturally, joined those who called themselves modernists, the non-conformist artists and writers, those whom Sabartés called “the élite of Catalan thought” and who were grouped around the artists’ café Els Quatre Gats. During 1899 and 1900 the only subjects Picasso deemed worthy of painting were those which reflected the “final truth”; the transience of human life and the inevitability of death. His early works, ranged under the name of “Blue Period” (1901-1904), consist in blue-tinted paintings influenced by a trip through Spain and the death of his friend, Casagemas. Even though Picasso himself repeatedly insisted on the inner, subjective nature of the Blue Period, its genesis and, especially, the monochromatic blue were for many years explained as merely the results of various aesthetic influences. Between 1905 and 1907, Picasso entered a new phase, called “Rose Period” characterised by a more cheerful style with orange and pink colours. In Gosol, in the summer of 1906 the nude female form assumed an extraordinary importance for Picasso; he equated a depersonalised, aboriginal, simple nakedness with the concept of “woman”. The importance that female nudes were to assume as subjects for Picasso in the next few months (in the winter and spring of 1907) came when he developed the composition of the large painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Just as African art is usually considered the factor leading to the development of Picasso’s classic aesthetics in 1907, the lessons of Cézanne are perceived as the cornerstone of this new progression. This relates, first of all, to a spatial conception of the canvas as a composed entity, subjected to a certain constructive system. Georges Braque, with whom Picasso became friends in the autumn of 1908 and together with whom he led Cubism during the six years of its apogee, was amazed by the similarity of Picasso’s pictorial experiments to his own. He explained that: “Cubism’s main direction was the materialisation of space.” After his Cubist period, in the 1920s, Picasso returned to a more figurative style and got closer to the surrealist movement. He represented distorted and monstrous bodies but in a very personal style. After the bombing of Guernica during 1937, Picasso made one of his most famous works which starkly symbolises the horrors of that war and, indeed, all wars. In the 1960s, his art changed again and Picasso began looking at the art of great masters and based his paintings on ones by Velázquez, Poussin, Goya, Manet, Courbet and Delacroix. Picasso’s final works were a mixture of style, becoming more colourful, expressive and optimistic. Picasso died in 1973, in his villa in Mougins. The Russian Symbolist Georgy Chulkov wrote: “Picasso’s death is tragic. Yet how blind and naïve are those who believe in imitating Picasso and learning from him. Learning what? For these forms have no corresponding emotions outside of Hell. But to be in Hell means to anticipate death. The Cubists are hardly privy to such unlimited knowledge”.

Pablo Picasso


Author : Tim McNeese
language : en
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release Date : 2006

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These riveting personalities each achieved excellence, but even greater than their individual accomplishments is the positive Hispanic image they collectively represent to the world. Photographs, illustrations, and lively text tell the stories ot these fascinating historical figures. This world-famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and graphic artist was the foremost figure in 20th-century art.

Pablo Picasso


Author : Linda Lowery
language : en
Publisher: First Avenue Editions
Release Date : 1999

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Tells the story of Pablo Picasso as he grows through his early days as an artist, his discovery of cubism, and his later years of sculpture and painting to become a famous artist.

The Picasso Book


Author : Neil Cox
language : en
Publisher: Tate
Release Date : 2010-06-01

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was the most prolific artist in the history of Western art. Born in 1881 in Malaga, southern Spain, he spent almost all of his life in France, dying in 1973. In more than seven decades as an artist, Picasso finished 2000 oil paintings, along with innumerable sculptures, ceramics, collages, prints, photographs, drawings, and jewelry designs. This new book, drawing extensively on the most recent research, provides an overview of the whole range of Picasso’s art and career. Uniquely, it takes a thematic approach, examining Picasso and poetry, Picasso and war, Picasso and "disfigurement" – the fragmentation of the human form in his work – Picasso and play, and Picasso’s ruminations on the figure of the artist. The introduction looks at Picasso himself, and the myths that surround him, concluding that it is impossible to disentangle the man from his legend. Separate sections include extracts from Picasso’s poetry and writings and from critics both contemporary and historical. Functioning both as an introduction for those coming fresh to Picasso’s work and bringing new insights to those already familiar with his career, this important yet accessible book is one of the most significant additions to Picasso literature in recent years.

Picasso


Author : Jeffrey S. Weiss
language : en
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date : 2003

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An artistic analysis of Picasso's 1909 portraits, published to coincide with a major exhibition, discusses his seemingly obsessive drive to resolve issues in his portraitures of companion Fernande Olivier and the impact of Cubanism's invention on his work. (Fine Arts)