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Pablo Picasso, a Retrospective, Library or Coffee Table Book, 1980 New York



Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective, The Museum on Modern Art, New York, library or coffee table book, 1980. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective," May 22-September 16, 1980, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with the collaboration of the Reunion des Musees Nationaux de France.... Genesis of an Exhibition: "The idea for the present exhibition emerged from my visits with Picasso during the last years of his life. I had the food fortune not only to observe how Picasso lived but to see many works he had kept near to him. Some I had seen in exhibitions; most I know only through photographs, and still others were entirely new to me...My desire to share that experience and perception was the genesis of this exhibition." William Rubin, Dir. of Painting & Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. Both the exhibition and publication were made possible by a generous grant from the IBM Corporation, with additional support by the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts. Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York Published: 1980 Printed and bound: United States of America Binding: Perfect-bound, hard-cover with gold embossing, covered with dust-jacket Design: Christopher Holme


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    Height: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)Width: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 11.38 in. (28.91 cm)
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    Modern (In the Style Of)
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About the Artist

Pablo Picasso

One of the most prolific and revolutionary artists the world has ever seen, Pablo Picasso had a tremendous impact on the development of 20th-century modern art. Although he is best known for his association with the Cubist movement, which he founded with Georges Braque, Picasso’s influence extends to Surrealism, neoclassicism and Expressionism.

“Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction,” the Spanish artist proclaimed. In Picasso's Cubist paintings, he emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the canvas, breaking with conventions regarding perspective, foreshortening and proportion. Picasso was inspired by Iberian and African tribal art. One of his most famous pre-Cubist works is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a painting considered immoral and shocking at the time for its depiction of nude women whose faces resemble Iberian tribal masks.

Picasso made many portraits in this style, most often of the women in his life, their expressively colored faces composed of geometric shards of surface planes. In Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935, he painted his first wife as an assemblage of abstract forms, leaving the viewer to decipher the subject through the contrasting colors and shapes. Picasso was a tireless artist, creating more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Tracing his life’s work reveals the progression of modern art, on which he had an unparalleled influence.

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