Picasso Black and White

Picasso Black and White

by Carmen Gimenez
     
 


Picasso Black and White examines the artist's lifelong exploration of a black-and-white leitmotif through paintings and a selection of sculptures and works on paper. Picasso continued the tradition of engaging the color black that had been employed throughout a centuries-long history of Spanish painting by fellow artists José de Ribera, Diego…  See more details below

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Picasso Black and White examines the artist's lifelong exploration of a black-and-white leitmotif through paintings and a selection of sculptures and works on paper. Picasso continued the tradition of engaging the color black that had been employed throughout a centuries-long history of Spanish painting by fellow artists José de Ribera, Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Francisco de Goya. Moreover, he made highly effective use of isolated black, white, and gray hues in a nod to monochromatic grisaille painting and to drawing, line, and form. As this volume attests, the recurrent motif of black and white appears throughout Picasso's oeuvre, including his blue and rose periods, his investigations into Cubism and Surrealism, his interpretations of historical subject studies for his celebrated painting Guernica, World War II, and an homage to old masters, as well as the powerful paintings of his last years. Featuring reproductions of more than 150 works, this book examines the extraordinary complexity and power of these expressive artworks, which purge color in order to highlight their formal structure. Including essays by leading Picasso scholars, this book is a unique and coherent perspective on one of the world's most innovative and influential artists.

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"Giménez…explores Picasso's striking use of black, white, and gray in painting, drawing, and sculpture, and the work is stunningly reproduced. The book--and the show--provide opportunity to see dozens of masterpieces." - Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
This unique exploration of Pablo Picasso’s use of black and white is a catalog accompanying a traveling show originally organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Edited by Giménez (Stephen & Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, Guggenheim), the book opens with a poignant preface that discusses Spain’s politics during the 20th century. Four erudite essays by noted specialists place the monochromatic works in historic, aesthetic, and social context, detailing their personal meanings for Picasso and within the tradition of Spanish painting. Picasso’s richly productive output is evident in the illustrations that follow.

Verdict From the realistic, early portraits to the shaded, angular cubist works, all of the art contained here come from the same pallet. This well-constructed book’s singular theme will benefit scholars, students, and the museum-going public by presenting a new perspective on an artist who has been studied exhaustively. Recommended.—Ellen Bates, New York

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791352206
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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