Picasso: Challenging the Past

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857094510
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 962,626
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Cowling is professor emeritus of History of Art at Edinburgh University. Neil Cox is professor of art and theory at the University of Essex. Simonetta Fraquelli is an independent art historian. Susan Grace Galassi is curator at the Frick Collection, New York. Christopher Riopelle is Curator and Anne Robbins is Assistant Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London.
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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword 6

Sponsor's Foreword 9

Competition and Collaboration: Picasso and the Old Masters Elizabeth Cowling Cowling, Elizabeth 11

Picasso 1895-1906: 'Each influence transitory, taking flight as soon as caught' Anne Robbins Robbins, Anne 27

Something Else Entirely: Picasso and Cubism 1906-192 2 Christopher Riopelle Riopelle, Christopher 55

Return to a Kind of Order Christopher Riopelle Riopelle, Christopher 69

The Sur-reality Effect in the 1930s Neil Cox Cox, Neil 87

Picasso's 'Old Master' Period Susan Grace Galassi Galassi, Susan Grace 109

Looking at the Past to Defy the Present: Picasso's Paintings 1946-1973 Simonetta Fraquelli Fraquelli, Simonetta 141

Chronology 166

Bibliography 170

Index 172

Lenders 175

Authors' Acknowledgements 175

Photographic Credits 176

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