Picasso The Mediterranean Years 1945-1962: The Mediterranean Years 1945-1962 Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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About the Author
Elizabeth Cowling is an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Claude Arnaud is a French writer and acclaimed biographer of Jean Cocteau.
- Publisher : Gagosian / Rizzoli (September 7, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 390 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0847835359
- ISBN-13 : 978-0847835355
- Item Weight : 6 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.69 x 1.5 x 12.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,016,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book starts with a biographical essay by John Richardson, which is a brilliant complement to the already published three volumes of his monumental Picasso biography. Then come the numerous color plates of the works in the exhibition (paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings...), all of which do justice to the incredible creative outburst that Picasso experimented during this period. A very interesting essay follows that tackles Picasso's sculptures and ceramics and the way he revolutionized both arts.
The book ends with an account of the complicated relationship he maintained with the "court-jester" laureate poet Jean Cocteau, who, admittedly, was in love with the great master ( a feeling obviously not reciprocated by the notoriously womanizing artist...). All throughout the book, many previously unpublished photographs of Picasso in his various Mediterranean surroundings add to the very high overall quality of this publication.
I wanted to know the details about his relationship with Jacqueline, etc. What a joke. They couldn't give us more?
The bulk of this catalogue consists of full page reproductions of examples of Picasso's creative output from this period; paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures. Many of these works are from private collections and would be unfamiliar to most viewers. I was constantly impressed by the inventiveness, playfulness and sheer variety of the pieces on view. Picasso stated that one of the great problems he faced was the ease of his creativity; here we see him constantly challenging himself. He is even able to make artworks involving infants interesting!
There are additionally numerous high quality photographs of the artist (invariably with cigarette in hand!) in various situations and with some of his artworks, friends and family. These are useful in giving one a sense of his lifestyle at the time. The presentation of this catalog is superb as is the printing quality. It is well worth the outlay and I give it my highest recommendation.
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This exhibition was notable as it showed the works Picasso produced during the period without imposing some kind if questionable curatorial thesis. Although I have seen many Picasso works in many different locations ranging from exhibitions to dedicated museums I have never seen the nuanced development of his thinking so clearly before. In the book the developmental sketches and notes are beautifully illustrated and has for me thrown a completely new light on his work.