Picasso and Apollinaire: The Persistence of Memory / Edition 1

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Pablo Picasso, the inventor of Cubism, and Guillaume Apollinaire, the inventor of Surrealism, met in 1905, forged a close friendship, and between them laid the foundations of modernism in twentieth-century art and literature. Apollinaire's death in the 1918 flu epidemic did not diminish his importance to Picasso, who continued to draw on the poet for inspiration until his own death in 1973. Picasso and Apollinaire is a lively and impeccably researched examination of the creative interaction and fraternal complicity between the artist and the poet, as reflected in such works as Picasso's polymorphous portraits of Apollinaire, his 1907 drawings for Apollinaire's Bestiary poems, and the self-portrait he drew on the night the poet died. Peter Read delves into unpublished archive documents to show that many of Picasso's subsequent drawings, paintings, and sculptures were shaped by his response to the poet's most lyrical and uninhibited writing. Along with an authoritative discussion of Apollinaire's best poetry, prose, and critical writing, the book opens unexpected pathways through Picasso's career-his early exhibitions in Paris, the fierce iron reliquary Woman in a Garden his commemorative, semi-abstract painting The Kitchen, his monument to Apollinaire in Saint-Germain-des-Prés-and throws new light on the cultural and political context in which these works were produced.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement (TLS)
“Impressively researched study.”
Burlington Magazine - Caroline Levitt
“A pleasure to read. . . . Exacting and witty [it] is multi-faceted, penetrating and truthful as a Cubist painting.”
Times Higher Education
“Read delves into unpublished archive documents to examine the creative interaction and fraternal complicity between the two men.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520265929
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Read is Professor of French at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. He is the translator of Apollinaire's The Cubist Painters (UC Press) and the author of Picasso et Apollinaire: Les métamorphoses de la mémoire, which he has extensively revised for this English-language edtion.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
List of Illustrations     xiii
Introduction     1
Part I
First Encounters     7
Inside the Bateau Lavoir     11
Circuses and Saltimbanques     18
Apollinaire's Collection of Works by Picasso     25
From Caricature to Cubism: Picasso's Portraits of Apollinaire     30
From Blaise Pascal to Fantomas: A Shared Literary Landscape     39
Outside the Academy: From Douanier Rousseau to Tribal Art     46
The Bestiary, Drawings and Poems     53
The Iberian Statues Affair, 1907-1912     59
Apollinaire Writing on Picasso in 1905     68
Apollinaire at the Birth of Cubism: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon     73
Writing on Picasso after 1910     79
Picasso in Apollinaire's Fiction     90
Art and Poetry in Dialogue     97
Picasso's Frontispiece for Alcools     105
The Great War     110
The First Matisse and Picasso Exhibition: The Orange and the Pearl     120
The Final Months: Picasso and Apollinaire in 1918     129
Part II
Campaigning for a Tomb     139
Scandalous Sculptures: Rodin, Epstein, and Picasso     144
Commemorative Paintings and the Apollinaire Auction     147
Picasso and Surrealism     154
Androgynous Bathers and Metamorphosis     160
Drawings in Space: The Wire Maquettes     167
Welded Metal Monuments: Head of a Man and Head of a Woman     180
Woman in a Garden     189
The Phantom Tomb     201
Part III
November 1948: The Kitchen     209
From Brancusi to Matisse: New Commemorative Projects     217
Head of Dora Maar: An Apollinaire Monument for Saint-Germain-des-Pres     226
Monumental Sculptures, Large Scale and Lost     244
Conclusion     249
Notes     253
Selected Bibliography     297
Index     307
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