Picasso and the War Years, 1937-1945

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This book draws upon new research and works that, in some cases, were held out of public view in Picasso's own collection to explore the critically important -- but still under-studiedperiod of his life from the time of the Spanish Civil War through World War II and the Nazi occupation of France. This span of years is marked by some of the most intensely personal and expressive work of his long and diverse career. This book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of ...
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256 pp., illus. (some col.); 30 cm. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Published on the ... occasion of the exhibition held at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 10 October 1998-3 January 1999 and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 5 February-26 April 1999. BRAND NEW. Shrinkwrapped. OVERSIZE! No priority/air, except by special arrangement. CONTENTS: Picasso, War, and Art, by Steven A. Nash; Picasso's Disasters of War: The Art of Blasphemy, by Robert Rosenblum; Death Falling from the Sky: Picasso's Wartime Texts, by Lydia Csat Gasman; From Guernica to The Charnel House: The Political Radicalization of the Artist, by Gertje R. Utley; Where Do They Come From: Those Superb Paintings and Horrid Women of "Picasso's War"?, by Brigite Baer; Circumventing Picasso: Jean Paulhan and His Artists, by Michlle C. Cone; Reports from the Home Fronts: Some Skirmishes over Picasso's Reputation, by Michael Fitzgerald. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This book draws upon new research and works that, in some cases, were held out of public view in Picasso's own collection to explore the critically important -- but still under-studiedperiod of his life from the time of the Spanish Civil War through World War II and the Nazi occupation of France. This span of years is marked by some of the most intensely personal and expressive work of his long and diverse career. This book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It traces Picasso's responses to the cataclysm of war as manifested in a lengthy series of figure paintings, still lifes, portraits, and cityscapes, amplified by prints, drawings, and photographs, drawn from collections all around the world.
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The accompanying catalogue to an exhibit that ran at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Guggenheim in New York, Picasso and The War Years: 1937-1945 draws upon new research and freer access to works that have been out of public view to explore a somewhat neglected period in the artist's life, one that yielded some of his most vivid and intensely personal work.
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Despite Picasso's being one of the most written about artists of all times, students of the artist will welcome these examinations of his less frequently studied war years. Picasso and the War Years brings together 83 fine reproductions of works--from a show that just moved from San Francisco to New York--and seven wonderfully readable essays examining the style and content of works from these years. Curator and editor Nash has wisely surveyed work from the time of the Spanish Civil War as well as World War II, as it was Spain's involvement that made Picasso feel politics more acutely than ever before. It is key to understanding his work in this period to know that Picasso was already a world-renowned painter at that point; this fame allowed him to remain in occupied France despite Nazi surveillance and denunciation as a "degenerate artist." His status, his largely apolitical past, and his antifascist sentiments resulted in not so much an expression of specific political beliefs as an expression of defiance. In content, this meant a "modern alternative to history painting," as one essayist astutely names it; socially, his continuing to work with complex themes carried a symbolic significance for other painters. Elsewhere in the book are discussions of such technical issues as the influence of Goya and the increasingly gray palette. Wofsy offers the seventh volume in a catalogue raisonne authorized by Picasso's estate that will eventually span from 1885 to 1973 in well over 30 volumes. As with other volumes in the series, the vast majority of the book is given to black-and-white reproductions of a reasonable size; each is captioned with title, date, media, size, and cross reference to other standard guides to the artists work. Otherwise, there is only brief prefatory materials and two concluding concordances. Despite the price, no serious art collection should be without this work; Nash's important and beautiful work deserves a place in all academic and larger public libraries.--Douglas McClemont, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500092743
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 9
Picasso, War, and Art 13
Picasso's Disasters of War: The Art of Blasphemy 39
Death Falling from the Sky: Picasso's Wartime Texts 55
From Guernica to The Charnel House: The Political Radicalization of the Artist 69
Where Do They Come From - Those Superb Paintings and Horrid Women of "Picasso's War"? 81
Circumventing Picasso: Jean Paulhan and His Artists 99
Reports from the Home Fronts: Some Skirmishes over Picasso's Reputation 113
Catalogue of Works 122
Chronology 205
Notes 229
Selected Bibliography 247
Lenders to the Exhibition 251
Index 253
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