Picasso: Challenging the Past

Picasso: Challenging the Past

by Elizabeth Cowling, Neil Cox, Simonetta Fraquelli, Susan Grace Galassi
     
 

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This thought-provoking book presents a lively introduction to the 20th century's most important artist, Pablo Picasso. Picasso was a passionate student of the European painting tradition, and his memory for images was voracious. Naturally drawn to Spanish masters Velázquez and Goya, he also engaged with such figures as Rembrandt, Delacroix, Ingres, Manet, and

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This thought-provoking book presents a lively introduction to the 20th century's most important artist, Pablo Picasso. Picasso was a passionate student of the European painting tradition, and his memory for images was voracious. Naturally drawn to Spanish masters Velázquez and Goya, he also engaged with such figures as Rembrandt, Delacroix, Ingres, Manet, and Cézanne. Picasso repeatedly pitted himself against these masters, taking up their signature themes, techniques, and artistic concerns in audacious paintings of his own. Sometimes his "quotations" were direct, other times highly allusive.
Always, Picasso made the implicit case that it was he in the 20th century who most forcefully reinvigorated the European tradition. This book showcases his extraordinary work, where we witness the daring transformation of the art of the past into, in Picasso's own words, "something else entirely."

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Library Journal
This excellent catalog, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery in London, illustrates Pablo Picasso's ability to look into the tradition of European art and transform it to create a new image, a new style, and a new vernacular. El Greco, Ingres, Poussin, Velázquez, and their contemporaries emerge from Picasso's canvases transformed and transmogrified yet strangely reminiscent. Seeing the exhibition, one realizes that familiar works take on a new meaning, and one looks upon them in a new manner. The paintings in the show are well documented and well reproduced in 150 full-color plates, and the accompanying essays by Cowling (Picasso: Style and Meaning) and five other authors, curators, and art historians treat the development of this aspect of Picasso's work in chronological order, giving the reader a good sense of the imagination and innovation of a great artist at work. VERDICT As a focused selection of one aspect of the enormous body of Picasso's work, this is a valuable addition to the literature and an excellent scholarly guide to the underlying themes of tradition and innovation.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857094510
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,455,876
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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