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The theme of children and childhood, a highly popular subject with the great painters and sculptors of the past, has received comparatively little attention in twentieth-century art. Here, as in so many other respects, the work of Pablo Picasso stands out as a major exception. Picasso's many portraits and other depictions of children constitute one of the most immediately accessible and appealing facets of his extraordinarily varied oeuvre. This fascinating new study by Werner Spies, one of the foremost connoisseurs of Picasso's work, examines the artist's approach to the subject of the child against the background of his turbulent personal life, the development of this restlessly innovative aesthetic thinking, an the general ideas about the significance of childhood and youth that have played such a key role in shaping modern culture. Sumptuously illustrated, and packed with original and stimulating insights, the book offers an enticing introduction to Picasso's magical world of children, and to his visual universe as a whole.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
This is an auspicious beginning for a series that aims to provide an "intimate alternative to the overload of the Information Age." Each title focuses on one aspect of an artist's work in some detail, with texts by outstanding scholars (the Chagall book is a reduced version of lithographs published in 1961, with Longus's text in translation); each wears its learning lightly and succeeds in reaching the perhaps mythical serious general reader. Hoberg lets her protagonists speak for themselves in letters and documents that show how their relationship unfolded in Munich during the first two decades of the century. Spies has many interesting things to say about children in the art of Picasso, a notoriously bad father in real life. Each of the scholarly books does a good job of relating the artist's personal life to the work, and the illustrations and production values of all three works are quite good. Highly recommended for general collections; Hoberg and Spies can also find a place in more advanced art collections.
Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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Book Description Prestel Pub, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M3791313754
Book Description Prestel, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P113791313754