For more than a generation, Gertrude Stein's Paris home at 27 rue de Fleurus was the center of a glittering coterie of artists and writers, one of whom was Pablo Picasso. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Stein tells us much about the great man (and herself) and offers many insights into the life and art of the 20th century's greatest painter.
Mixing biological fact with artistic and aesthetic comments, she limns a unique portrait of Picasso as a founder of Cubism, an intimate of Appollinaire, Max Jacob, Braque, Derain, and others, and a genius driven by a ceaseless quest to convey his vision of the 20th century. We learn, for example, of the importance of his native Spain in shaping Picasso's approach to art; of the influence of calligraphy and African sculpture; of his profound struggle to remain true to his own vision; of the overriding need to empty himself of the forms and ideas that welled up within him.
Stein's close relationship with Picasso furnishes her with a unique vantage point in composing this perceptive and provocative reminiscence. It will delight any admirer of Picasso or Gertrude Stein; it is indispensable to an understanding of modern art.
So, the singular view of an artist not of anybody else, alone in the studio will never be duplicated, copied or understood and is the truest lasting image.Published 5 days ago by Mike Dodge
I am writing to say that I placed a digital order. The ebook was not delivered to my tablet and I can not find a way to contact anyone at Amazon!Published 12 months ago by Barbara Ferguson
It's a magnificent report on the life and works of a "first class genius", till the end of the '30s. An unforgettable classic in history of contemporary art. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diego Quaglioni
It's not as good as i thought it would be in regards to Picasso's history but insightful for the Hypocrisy of Gertrude Stein; nonetheless it was a good read for Fans of Gertrude... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Daniel
I wish the information were in more detail......That may change as I read further....Gertrude was a most interesting person and her tourbillon get- to-gathers were sometimes tops.Published 15 months ago by Patrick McGriff
I read this to the end just to be certain it was truly as awful as it seemed. Stein's writing here seems to be stream of conscience. Read morePublished 16 months ago by MICHAEL COAKES
I could not believe the poor writing, style, ridiculous repetition of the same poor or unfunded ideas. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Claudiu Popescu
I love Stein's direct, no nonsense writing style. She provides an insider's perspective of the scene and an affectionate yet unsentimental account of Picasso's emergence into... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Michael McClard
You get to the end without having learnt
nothing but her own image of Picasso.
This is a book not on Picasso,
but on Stein't image of him. Read more