Picasso by Simonetta Fraquelli
The Great War, Experimentation, and Change

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Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change is a treasure trove of insight on the artist, and an excellent addition to any art library that values the work of Picasso.
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Examines Pablo Picasso's use of both Cubist and classical styles in his art during the tumultuous years of World War IAccompanies a major exhibition opening at the Barnes Foundation (February 21 to May 9, 2016) and the Columbus Museum of Art (June 10 to September 11, 2016)Features new scholarship from leading experts from around the worldIncludes images and discussion of costumes by Picasso for the ballet Parade (1917), and photographs by Jean Cocteau showing the artist and friends in Paris (1916)

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change examines the work that Pablo Picasso made in Paris during the tumultuous years of World War I. Focusing on Picasso's oeuvre from 1912 to 1924, when he utilised both Cubist and classical modes in his art, this fully illustrated catalogue highlights one of the most important periods in the history of modern art. Picasso's shifts in style became a means of not repeating, in his words, 'the same vision, the same technique, the same formula.' With that approach in mind, the book also includes the work of Picasso's peers and friends, artists who were also exploring themes relevant to the difficult times in which they lived. Published to accompany a major exhibition of the same name at the Barnes Foundation and the Columbus Museum of Art, this elegantly designed book is essential reading for all those interested in Picasso's work and the dramatic and innovative period of art history during the Great War.


 

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Simonetta Fraquelli is an independent art historian and specialist in twentieth-century European art. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Modigliani and his Models (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006), Chagall: Modern Master (Tate Liverpool, 2013), and Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural (Kunsthaus Zurich, 2015). Elizabeth Cowling is Professor Emeritus of History of Art and Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University. Kenneth Silver is Professor of Art History and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Institute of French Studies at New York University. Dominique H. Vasseur is the former Chief Curator and Curator of European Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. Ann Bremner is an arts writer and editor based in Columbus, Ohio. She earned BA and MA degrees in history of art from The Ohio State University.
 
Published May 14, 2016 by Scala Arts Publishers Inc.. 176 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Richard Rivera on Aug 31 2016

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change is a treasure trove of insight on the artist, and an excellent addition to any art library that values the work of Picasso.

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