Picasso Black and White

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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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
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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

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791352206
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 493,094
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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