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Picasso

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ISBN-13: 978-1580932578
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About the Author

Philippe Dagen is an art historian, professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, critic for the newspaper Le Monde, curator, and novelist. He has published and contributed to numerous titles on art history, including George Grosz: Berlin-New York, Otto Dix: The War, and Bettina Rheims: Can You Find Happiness.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580932576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932578
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.2 x 15.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Overlander on November 12, 2010
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I concur with the first reviewer of this amazing Picasso book. Yes, there are literally hundreds of books on the Spanish master, some bad, some very good but if you are looking for an all-in-one, quality, comprehensive monograph this latest Monacelli publication will do it. The text is accessible and the pictures well-chosen and irreprochably reproduced. Yes, yes, it is a huge, heavy book and quite expensive but it is all well worth it. This is the kind of book you'll be happy you bought 30 or 40 years from now.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fishman on October 10, 2010
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It amazes me that no one has reviewed this book since it came out in November of last year. I have wanted to add a comprehensive book on Picasso's work to my art book collection for a long time. There are literally hundreds of books out there on his work. I choose this one because of it's comprehensive content across the changing modalities of Picasso's work through out his life. The reproductions are magnificent but then this is the norm for any book published by the Monacelli Press. The analyses by Phillippe Dagen is approachable, illuminating, and not overly dense for the non-intellectual art lover. I recommend this book highly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BooksinCalifornia on May 13, 2013
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Thought I'd drop a review on here as I've been debating a large-format Picasso book for a while. I recently compared this edition with "The Ultimate Picasso" which several other reviewers have called THE book to own. I went through most of the images and compared the overall layout and quality of the pages. In my opinion, this book was the best single, large-format book on Picasso that spans his varying periods. After a quick review, the text is excellent, well written and informative. Additionally, the design of the book and cover/spine are very sleek - it'll look great on my shelf.

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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Granted, this is Picasso we're talking about, and there are very few artists who reach the levels of critical success and popularity that he did. The only others who have tasted the same rarefied air are Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, perhaps Botticelli, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and (maybe) Salvador Dali. None of the above engendered the kind of semi-religious reverence that Picasso did in his own lifetime; Dali might have been as popular, but critical response to his work was far more divided.
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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Waits on February 7, 2013
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I call this "The Coffee Table Picasso" because it could, actually, be used as a table by merely attaching legs. This may seem like a criticism, but it isn't. The only inconvenience in reading this book is the enormous size and weight. That said, the reproductions are superb! As a painter, I appreciate excellent reproductions not often found in many pricy art books. It is no exaggeration to say I can "pour over" this book. The book arrived quicker than I expected and in pristine condition. There are probably more books about Picasso than any other artist and this one is a welcome addition to the John Richardson multi-volume set (all from Amazon). If you are a fan of Pablo Picasso, or even if you need a surface to support your LCD TV set, get this book.
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