Picasso: Challenging the Past

Picasso: Challenging the Past

by National Gallery, London
     
 

This book showcases the technical dexterity, independence and vitality of Pablo Picasso's creative processes, for here we witness the daring transformation of the art of the past into, in Picasso's own words, 'something else entirely'.  See more details below

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This book showcases the technical dexterity, independence and vitality of Pablo Picasso's creative processes, for here 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:
9781857094541
Publisher:
National Gallery London
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
1

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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