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Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Paperback – 2010


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (2010)
  • ASIN: B005NTUS82
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,104,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on April 27, 2010
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Whatever the numerous criticisms on this current show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (the almost total absence of Cubist works, a depression-time exhibit with no loans from other museums, a diminutive collection when compared to the unsurpassed holdings of nearby MOMA...) this is a beautiful exhibition and the book that accompanies it is up to the Met's high standards of quality.

About 300 works, the entire Picasso collection of the museum (a good part of it drawings and prints), are studied here, with a strong emphasis on pre-cubist works (a seldom-seen blue-period erotic work that Picasso once disavowed, icons such as the Gertrude Stein portrait, or the famous "Au Lapin Agile" donated by the late Walter Annenberg)and two good 1932 portraits of Marie-Thérèse. The main asset of the book, apart from the excellent reproductions, is the quality of the essays which reveal new scholarship on the artist, such as the discovery of hidden paintings behind the actual extant works (Picasso, in his early years would commonly paint over existing works, by himself or other artist friends, in order to save on the money needed to buy new canvases).

A very interesting book which I recommend to anyone interested in the most famous painter of the XXth century.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on May 3, 2010
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A fabulous art book must meet certain requirements, the first of which is the quality of the product. Whether it involves the quality of the paper as I flip the pages, or whether the correct font was used to make it easy on my eyes, or most importantly what is the quality of the reproduction of the pictures being portrayed? I also have issues with whether or not it is easy to work with the written text while dealing with the location of the pictures. Most art books fail with one or more of these issues, and then there is the overall issue as to whether or not this book accurately portrays the artist in question, and does it provide a great learning experience that I will refer to in the future again and again?

Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art published by the quality driven Yale University Press seems to get the job done on all counts. I simply loved this book, and surprisingly, I have read it from cover to cover which I doubt more than one out of 100 readers will do. I will give you my reasons for this in a moment. The beginning of the book provides a 10 page understanding of the Met Picasso Collection by Gary Tinterow who tells you how this collection came together. The book is the Met's complete collection of its Picasso pictures, drawings, sculptures, and lithographs - all of it. This collection is second in American only to that possessed by New York's Museum of Modern Art. There are no borrowings from other museums for the Met Exhibit, however the book does have pictures of related art works from both public, and private collections which dramatically improves the reader's understanding of the art work in question.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on May 25, 2010
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The endless permutations of Picasso exhibitions continue unabated. This catalogue is of a showing at the Metropolitan Museum of their collection of Picasso paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and prints. As such the exhibition does not have any unifying theme.

The undoubted standout work in this collection is the iconic "Portrait of Gertrude Stein". There certainly are other worthwhile paintings and drawings on show; these are primarily from the artist's earlier periods. It must be noted that the bulk of the works are not Picasso's most important creations. Be that as it may, they are still worth a look and I have enjoyed seeing many for the first time. At the end of the book are 400 small sized illustrations of prints by the artist.

This book is up to the usual high standard of Metropolitan Museum publications; the annotations and essays are informative and scholarly. Additionally the reproductions of the art works are of high quality. Picasso fans need not hesitate.
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