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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    A Must-Read for Scholars of Cubist Studies A Must-Read for Scholars of Cubist Studies A Must-Read for Scholars of Cubist Studies

    An incisive, compelling account of the development of Cubism within Picasso's work from the years 1906-13. Karmel examines Picasso's notebooks, drawings, paintings, and sculpture to expand on how ideas were formed and translated into the artist's working process. He brilliantly articulates how Picasso’s attempts to depict the human body with greater solidity led its fragmentation within his art.

    The book is divided into chapters based on key concepts: "Ideas," "Spaces," "Bodies," and "Signs." Color reproductions of paintings and drawings are spread throughout the book and are laid out ideally next to the accompanying text. One example of a brilliant piece of analysis is a sub-chapter called, "From Mass to Volume: Spring-Summer 1910," where Karmel examines a painting by Cezanne, "Madame Cezanne in a Red Dress" (1880) alongside a series of paintings of a seated woman by Picasso, made from 1909 to 1910, all inspired by the Cezanne.

    'Picasso and The Invention of Cubism' is an essential book for students and enthusiasts of modern art and Picasso. You would gain a lot from it if you read it along with other works by art historians like Leo Steinberg, Rosalind Krauss, Edward Fry and Kirk Varnedoe. Pepe Karmel is one of the truly great art historians and critics around today, and this early work of his is an essential guide for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of Picasso's work.

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