From the Inside Flap
Picasso's "one-liners" constitute a small but delightful contribution to the artist's great body of drawings. His preeminence as a draughtsman has long been recognized, but the unique nature of his one-liners has never been fully examined, or collected together in a single volume. Picasso's One-Liners, featuring 50 of the drawings, offers a fascinating look at this whimsical side of Picasso's work.
Defined simply, one-liners are drawings in which the artist's drawing implement touches the paper and is not lifted until the drawing is finished. Picasso worked this way in a variety of media, including pencil, pen and ink, brush, even light crayon. His subjects included harlequins, musicians, circus scenes, and animals. Each drawing is worth careful study, for by following the vibrant line closely, one's eyes take a wonderful roller-coaster ride.
Along with the one-liner drawings are similarly direct "one-liner" quotes taken from Picasso's writings, which provide further insight into the artist's creative process. The introduction, by art historian Susan Grace Galassi, examines the special nature of these graphic tours-de-force and their place in his drawings.
About the Author
Pablo Picasso is widely considered the greatest artist of the twentieth century. In a career spanning seventy-five years, he mastered virtually every medium of visual artistic expression and was a principal force in the development of modern art. Although his paintings are best known, many critics believe his drawings to be equally innovative.
Susan Grace Galassi is the author of Picasso's Variations on the Masters: Confrontations with the Past
(Abrams, 1996). She received her Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is currently Associate Curator of The Frick Collection in New York City.