Picasso Looks at Degas

Picasso Looks at Degas

by Elizabeth Cowling, Richard Kendall, Montse Torras
     
 

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The great Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) exhibited a lifelong fascination—some might say “obsession”—with the work and personality of French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). In this groundbreaking study, noted Degas scholar Richard Kendall and Picasso expert Elizabeth Cowling present well-documented instances of

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The great Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) exhibited a lifelong fascination—some might say “obsession”—with the work and personality of French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). In this groundbreaking study, noted Degas scholar Richard Kendall and Picasso expert Elizabeth Cowling present well-documented instances of Picasso’s direct responses to Degas’s work, as well as more conceptual and challenging affinities between their oeuvres. Richly illustrated essays explore the artists’ parallel interests in modern urban life, ballet dancers, activities such as bathing and combing the hair, photography, and the challenges of sculpture. The book also provides the first extended analysis of Picasso’s engagement with Degas’s art in his final years, when he acquired several of the French artist’s brothel monotypes and reworked some of them in his own prints. Offering many fresh ideas and a significant amount of new material about two of the most popular and influential artists of the modern era, this handsome book promises to make a lasting contribution to the literature on both artists.

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Art New England

"The scholars present new connections between the artists'' lives and reveal the extent to which the younger artist was fascinated by the elder''s art and personality."—Dylan Klempner, Art New England

— Dylan Klempner

Art New England - Dylan Klempner

"The scholars present new connections between the artists' lives and reveal the extent to which the younger artist was fascinated by the elder's art and personality."—Dylan Klempner, Art New England

Library Journal
Although the two artists never met, Picasso lived near Degas in Montmartre and had a lifelong fascination with his art and personal life. This prodigious catalog accompanies the acclaimed Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute exhibition that travels to Barcelona's Museu Picasso in the fall. The essays collected here by Cowling (art history, emeritus, Univ. of Edinburgh) and Kendall (consultative curator, 19th-century art, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Inst.) chronicle Picasso's appropriation of motifs, subjects, and imitations in painting, sculpture, and prints as never before. By juxtaposing works thematically, the text analyzes Degas's multifaceted influences and the complexities of Picasso's affinities and admiration, apparent even in masterpieces such as Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Ballet scenes, women bathing and dressing (including similar brothel-monotypes series by both artists), and the artists as photographers receive appropriately weighty scholarship, counterbalanced by a consistently accessible text. Reproductions are crisp and well placed. VERDICT An essential purchase for academic and larger public libraries fortunate to continue building fine art collections. General readers will easily and eagerly trace manifold Picasso-Degas parallels in the texts and comparative illustrations; scholars will find new research avenues for these major artists.—Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300134124
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
938,616
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Cowling is Professor Emeritus of History of Art at Edinburgh University, and an independent scholar and exhibition curator. Richard Kendall is Consultative Curator of Nineteenth-Century Art at the Clark, as well as an independent scholar and exhibition curator. Cécile Godefroy is a researcher at the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte in Madrid. Sarah Lees is Associate Curator of European Art at the Clark. Montse Torras is Exhibitions Coordinator at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.

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