Life and Death in Picasso: Still Life/Figure, c. 1907-1933

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A groundbreaking and richly illustrated study of the leading artist of the twentieth century.
In this original and innovative book, Christopher Green explores how Pablo Picasso, through the manipulation of pictorial signs, explored ideas about the living and the dead. Oscillating between the animate and the inanimate, Picasso created objects that live, and figures that are as dead as objects.
Covering the period from the creation of the ...

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Overview

A groundbreaking and richly illustrated study of the leading artist of the twentieth century.
In this original and innovative book, Christopher Green explores how Pablo Picasso, through the manipulation of pictorial signs, explored ideas about the living and the dead. Oscillating between the animate and the inanimate, Picasso created objects that live, and figures that are as dead as objects.
Covering the period from the creation of the Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907 to the artist’s association with the Surrealists in the early 1930s, the book offers a journey through Picasso’s imagination and reveals—by way of Apollinaire, Breton, and Freud, among others—the ideas and reflections associated with life and death in his work.
Published in association with the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the book also includes an essay on Picasso’s biomorphic motifs by the leading Spanish critic J. F. Yvars.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Green (history of art, emeritus, Courtauld Inst. of Art; Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo), a distinguished authority on early 20th-century French avant-garde art, offers what he intends to be a fresh approach to the work of arguably the most intensely scrutinized artist of the last century. The text, written for the catalog of a 2009 exhibition that Green curated at Barcelona's Museo Picasso (copublishers of this volume), concentrates on cubist works created before 1933 in southern France. Societal and political forces as they influenced the aesthetic life of the times figured in Green's previous critiques of the avant-garde; here, instead, dualities of light/dark, life/death, rhythm/stasis, and other juxtapositions are seen as key factors in the ever-evolving play of forms in the paintings and drawings from early cubism up to a perhaps unintended shift toward surrealism. The book also features 133 high-quality illustrations. VERDICT Advanced scholars and art historians may find in Green's dialectical reasoning a new direction from which to appreciate Picasso's early works.—David Soltész, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500093481
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,060,980
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Green, formerly Professor of the History of Art at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, is an international authority on French art of the early twentieth century. His previous books include Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon and Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo.

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