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Michael FitzGerald discusses Picasso's devotion to the studio as a place where he learned his artistic skills, as a social and intellectual center where he negotiated with dealers, disputed with critics, and seduced lovers, as a site for exploration of the imagination and of essential themes of life, and as a place where he confronted the passing of life. The major part of the book analyzes numerous relevant paintings and drawings, showing how they relate to developments in Picasso's art or life and to his oeuvre as a whole. William Robinson then focuses on the famed painting La Vie, a scene of an artist and model that is transformed into an allegory of sexual desire and social respectability.
This lavishly illustrated book will accompany an exhibition that opens at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, in June 2001 and the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio in October 2001.