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This massive, 500+ page monograph by Philippe Dagen, published by The Monacelli Press, is absolutely perfect for anyone (like me) who has been searching for a serious, scholarly work that is nevertheless accessible to those without an in-depth knowledge of his oeuvre. Given the fact that Picasso was one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, working quickly and without pause for over seven decades, even a huge 12"w x 14"h, 520 page tome has to make some difficult choices about what paintings and sculptures make the cut. Dagen has overcome this difficult problem admirably, navigating a course through the many stages of Picasso's career without getting hung up on tangential 'obstacles'; the fascinating biographical or intellectual details best left to the numerous volumes focusing on specific phases or themes (I.e. 'Picasso in Black and White', published by Prestel). The reproductions are flawless, and are balanced nicely with the text. Although there is very little wasted space, the book doesn't feel cramped. The paper is of the highest quality, the covers are black cloth with metallic silver embossed text. Highly recommended.
I'll add a few additional books on Picasso to my library to cover his poster art, lithographs and more detail on his Cubist period-simply because I want more info on those, but this book will do as one-stop-shopping if that's what you're looking for. I'd recommend for any Picasso fan.
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Great combination of written information and enough high-quality pictures of his most important works to be owned by Picasso's admirers than can't afford a painting.Published 8 months ago by FS
Bought as a present for my mum for her birthday. She loved it!! It's a very large heavy book, beautifully presented & with lots of excellent quality illustrations documenting his... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Louise Gosschalk