Picasso's World of Children

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The theme of children and childhood, a highly popular subject with the great painters and sculptors of the past, has received comparatively little attention in twentieth-century art. Here, as in so many other respects, the work of Pablo Picasso stands out as a major exception. Picasso's many portraits and other depictions of children constitute one of the most immediately accessible and appealing facets of his extraordinarily varied oeuvre. This fascinating new study by Werner Spies, one of the foremost ...
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Hardcover New The theme of children and childhood, a highly popular subject with the great painters and sculptors of the past, has received comparatively little attention in ... twentieth-century art. Here, as in so many other respects, the work of Pablo Picasso stands out as a major exception. Picasso's many portraits and other depictions of children constitute one of the most immediately accessible and appealing facets of his extraordinarily varied oeuvre. This fascinating new study by Werner Spies, one of the foremost connoisseurs of Picasso's work, examines the artist's approach to the subject of the child against the background of his turbulent personal life, the development of this restlessly innovative aesthetic thinking, an the general ideas about the significance of childhood and youth that have played such a key role in shaping modern culture. Sumptuously illustrated, and packed with original and stimulating insights, the book offers an enticing introduction to Picasso's magical world of children, Read more Show Less

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The theme of children and childhood, a highly popular subject with the great painters and sculptors of the past, has received comparatively little attention in twentieth-century art. Here, as in so many other respects, the work of Pablo Picasso stands out as a major exception. Picasso's many portraits and other depictions of children constitute one of the most immediately accessible and appealing facets of his extraordinarily varied oeuvre. This fascinating new study by Werner Spies, one of the foremost connoisseurs of Picasso's work, examines the artist's approach to the subject of the child against the background of his turbulent personal life, the development of this restlessly innovative aesthetic thinking, an the general ideas about the significance of childhood and youth that have played such a key role in shaping modern culture. Sumptuously illustrated, and packed with original and stimulating insights, the book offers an enticing introduction to Picasso's magical world of children, and to his visual universe as a whole.
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This is an auspicious beginning for a series that aims to provide an "intimate alternative to the overload of the Information Age." Each title focuses on one aspect of an artist's work in some detail, with texts by outstanding scholars (the Chagall book is a reduced version of lithographs published in 1961, with Longus's text in translation); each wears its learning lightly and succeeds in reaching the perhaps mythical serious general reader. Hoberg lets her protagonists speak for themselves in letters and documents that show how their relationship unfolded in Munich during the first two decades of the century. Spies has many interesting things to say about children in the art of Picasso, a notoriously bad father in real life. Each of the scholarly books does a good job of relating the artist's personal life to the work, and the illustrations and production values of all three works are quite good. Highly recommended for general collections; Hoberg and Spies can also find a place in more advanced art collections.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791316086
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag GmbH & Co KG.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.82 (w) x 12.09 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Islands in the Oeuvre 8
Childhood: A Strategy of Beginning 10
The Early Years and the Blue Period 19
Joyless Children 21
The Child as Symbol 26
"There Was Never Any More Inception than There Is Now" 27
The Disguises of the Rose Period 39
Primitivism and Childhood 41
Cubism: The Search for a World without Childhood 43
The Motif Returns 45
Neoclassicism and Stylistic Pluralism 50
The Courtly Portrait of His Firstborn 62
Private Life and Mythological Projections 64
The Dead Children: Guernica and The Charnel House 65
The Limits of Representation 75
"First Steps" 90
Objets Trouves and Toys 96
Entering the Child's Perspective 108
Late Works 111
Notes 122
List of Illustrations 123
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