The Cubist Painters / Edition 1

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Overview

Guillaume Apollinaire's only book on art, The Cubist Painters, was first published in 1913. This essential text in twentieth-century art presents the poet and critic's aesthetic meditations on nine painters: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Marie Laurencin, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Francis Picabia, and Marcel Duchamp. As Picasso's closest friend and Marie Laurencin's lover, Apollinaire witnessed the development of Cubism firsthand. This collection of essays and reviews, written between 1905 and 1912, is a milestone in the history of art criticism, valued today as both a work of reference and a classic example of modernist creative writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520243545
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Series: Documents of Twentieth-Century Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Guillaume Apollinaire—Roman by birth, Polish by name (Wilhelm-Apollinaris de Kostrowitski), Parisian by choice—died at thirty-eight, in 1918. He was one of the leading figures in twentieth-century poetry, a transitional figure whose work at once echoes the Symbolists and anticipates the Surrealists. His Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War (2004) is available in a bilingual edition from California.

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Table of Contents

Bk. 1 Guillaume Apollinaire, The Cubist painters 1
On painting 5
New painters 29
App Duchamp-Villon 77
Bk. 2 Peter Read, Apollinaire and Cubism 85
1 Apollinaire as art critic before The Cubist painters 87
2 Apollinaire and Cubism 94
3 The Cubist painters : genesis of the book 100
4 The Cubist painters : structure, style and modern beauty 108
5 The Cubist painters and the enemies of Cubism 119
6 Aesthetic meditations : The Cubist painters 123
7 Critical response to The Cubist painters 206
8 Translations 217
9 Conclusion 219
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