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Bacon Picasso: The Life of Images
     

Bacon Picasso: The Life of Images

by Anne Baldassari
 
Francis Bacon was so inspired by the Picasso exhibit in 1927 at the Paul Rosenberg gallery in Paris that he decided to dedicate himself to painting. From that point onward, he established and maintained a multifaceted relationship with Picasso's work. The visual, thematic, and philosophical aspects of the virtual dialogue that ensued between the two artists centered

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Francis Bacon was so inspired by the Picasso exhibit in 1927 at the Paul Rosenberg gallery in Paris that he decided to dedicate himself to painting. From that point onward, he established and maintained a multifaceted relationship with Picasso's work. The visual, thematic, and philosophical aspects of the virtual dialogue that ensued between the two artists centered around what Bacon called "the brutality of fact" that linked his work to that of Picasso. Bacon-Picasso examines the work of the two artists through their common themes: the crucifixion, the kiss, the scream, and the studio portrait/self-portrait. The juxtaposition of paintings clearly demonstrates the ways in which Bacon appropriated Picasso's work into his own art. This volume, co-published with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, draws from prestigious international collections including the Tate Gallery, London, Musée National Picasso and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), and Fondation Beyeler, Basel.

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Library Journal
In this handsome, oversize volume, Baldassari (curator, Mus e National Picasso, Paris; Picasso Working on Paper) argues that the many similarities between Francis Bacon's and Pablo Picasso's work make it "inconceivable for such convergence to have been the result of mere happenstance." It is more or less undeniable that Bacon was influenced by and respected Picasso's innovations. Indeed, Bacon was thrilled when one of his early artworks was presented next to a Picasso. The years 1927-44 constitute a Picasso period in Bacon's oeuvre, and the connections are made here through historical evidence as well as more than 200 juxtaposed color reproductions of paintings, drawings, and studio photographs. Particular attention is paid to the crucifixion paintings and self-portraiture. As fascinating and illuminative as many of the comparisons can be, this study as a whole is specialized and rather minor and some librarians may find it too esoteric for crowded art shelves. [Bacon/Picasso draws from several international collections as well as from Bacon's unpublished archives dedicated to Picasso and recently donated to the French government.-Ed.]-Douglas McClemont, New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080304865
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Little Book of . . . Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
11.33(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Baldassari is the world's preeminent Picasso scholar and curator at the Musée National Picasso in Paris. She is the author of several works and exhibition catalogs, including Picasso and Photography (Flammarion, 1997), Picasso Working on Paper (Rizzoli, 2000), and the recent blockbuster Matisse-Picasso (MOMA/Tate Gallery, 2002).

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