Correspondence: Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein

Overview

Pablo Picasso was one of the most prodigious and revolutionary artists in the history of Western painting.  Gertrude Stein was an avant-garde American writer, art collector, eccentric and self-styled genius.  Her Paris home was the leading salon for artists and writers between the Wars.  Picasso painted Stein's portrait and they became firm friends.
 
Their correspondence extends across a time of extraordinary social and ...

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Overview

Pablo Picasso was one of the most prodigious and revolutionary artists in the history of Western painting.  Gertrude Stein was an avant-garde American writer, art collector, eccentric and self-styled genius.  Her Paris home was the leading salon for artists and writers between the Wars.  Picasso painted Stein's portrait and they became firm friends.
 
Their correspondence extends across a time of extraordinary social and political change, between 1906 and 1944, effectively from the Belle Epoque to the German Occupation of the Second World War.  Both wrote in French — a language neither ever entirely mastered.
 
Written as letters, cards and scribbled notes, their intimate correspondence touches lightly on both the weighty and the everyday — holidays, money, dinner invitations, art, family, lovers, travel arrangements, how work goes, or the war.
 
The correspondence has been carefully edited and is presented by period, each introduced with an outline of significant personal and historical events of the time.  Explanatory notes to the letters are rich in background detail.  The volume also features photographs, facsimiles of postcards and letters as well as sketches, drawings and paintings by Picasso.

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Editorial Reviews

Georgia Review
A triumph of scholarship. Editor Laurence Madeline provides scrupulous annotation, drawing upon memoirs, biographies, cultural histories, and other people's letters; the book is beautifully illustrated with photograhs, manuscripts, works of art, and reproductions of postcards. . . . Although both Stein and Picasso have been written about extensively, this volume is fresh, rich, and engrossing.

— Linda Simon

Georgia Review - Linda Simon
"A triumph of scholarship. Editor Laurence Madeline provides scrupulous annotation, drawing upon memoirs, biographies, cultural histories, and other people's letters; the book is beautifully illustrated with photograhs, manuscripts, works of art, and reproductions of postcards. . . . Although both Stein and Picasso have been written about extensively, this volume is fresh, rich, and engrossing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905422913
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Seagull Books - The French List Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 837,353
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is the colossus of 20th Century art, legendary for his gargantuan capacities for both consuming life and producing art.

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) was an art critic, one of the first collectors of Cubism, and author of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933).

Laurence Madeline is curator of the Musée Picasso in Paris, and custodian of the Picasso Archives. 

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Table of Contents

Preface

A Note on Sources

Translator's Preface

List of Illustrations and Photograph Credits

The Letters

The Painter and His Patrons 1

The Painter and The Writer 89

Their Different Wars 149

The Road to Belley 251

The End of a Friendship 355

App Undated Documents 365

Bibliography 373

Index 883

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