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Picasso Black and White

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$ 60.00 | £ 45.00

Hardcover, Linen with jacket ISBN: 978-3-7913-5220-6

Date of publication:
US October 01, 2012
UK October 01, 2012
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This publication explores Pablo Picasso’s use of a black-and-white palette throughout his entire career.

»Picasso Black and White« examines the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white leitmotif through paintings and a selection of sculptures and works on paper. Picasso continued the tradition of engaging the color black that had been employed throughout a centuries-long history of Spanish painting by fellow artists José de Ribera, Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Francisco de Goya. Moreover, he made highly effective use of isolated black, white, and gray hues in a nod to monochromatic grisaille painting and to drawing, line, and form. As this volume attests, the recurrent motif of black and white appears throughout Picasso’s oeuvre, including his blue and rose periods, his investigations into Cubism and Surrealism, his interpretations of historical subject studies for his celebrated painting »Guernica«, World War II, and an homage to old masters, as well as the powerful paintings of his last years. Featuring reproductions of more than 150 works, this book examines the extraordinary complexity and power of these expressive artworks, which purge color in order to highlight their formal structure. Including essays by leading Picasso scholars, this book is a unique and coherent perspective on one of the world’s most innovative and influential artists.

Carmen Giménez (Author)

Carmen Gimenez is Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Richard Shiff (Contributions)

Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism.

With contributions from Dore Ashton, Richard Shiff, Olivier Berggruen

Hardcover, Linen with jacket, 228 pages, 23,5x27, 120 color illustrations, 35 b/w illustrations

ISBN: 978-3-7913-5220-6

$ 60.00 | £ 45.00

Publishing House: Prestel

Date of publication:
US October 01, 2012
UK October 01, 2012