Picasso: the Italian Journey: 917-1924

Jean Clair

Published by New Line Books
ISBN 10: 1577173309 / ISBN 13: 9781577173304
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Synopsis: This unprecedented volume presents one of the most significant but least investigated aspects of Picasso's art. It reveals the fascinating ties between Picasso's work and his experiences in Italy. There he began his second rose period and absorbed the powerful spirit of Renaissance, Classical, and Mannerist art, as well as Italian culture. Drawing on Picasso's personal archive of notebooks, sketches, studies, annotations, postcards, and prints, this book shows the influence of Italian culture on the evolution of the artist's creative output at this time.

Review: Pablo Picasso went to Italy in 1917 to work on a curtain design for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes production of Parade and returned to France with a prima ballerina, Olga Koklova, who became his first wife. He also brought back enough memories to affect his imagery for several decades, as readers discover in this 367-page book. There are 13 essays here, such as Jean Clair's "Notes on the Iconography of Harlequin," Anne Baldassari's "Pompeian Fantasy: a Photographic Source of Picasso's Neoclassicism," and Ornella Volta's "Picasso and Italy: the Last Memories of His Journey." These are unfortunately set in unindented paragraphs and small type, so general readers and art lovers may find them rough going. But the book is filled with large color plates reproducing Picasso's paintings, drawings, and prints, including many that are only rarely seen, such as a group of caricatures of his companions, including Diaghilev and Léon Bakst. The book also includes dozens of reproductions of period photographs, mementos Picasso collected on his travels, and art that affected him--Pompeiian wall paintings, ballet dancers, and classical painting. Readers who brave the text will find much food for thought, as well as some priceless quotes from the master. When Picasso went to the Sistine Chapel, for example, he found the Raphaels wanting. "Good, very good," he remarked, "but it can be done, don't you think?" Then, turning to the Michaelangelo's Last Judgment: "Now this is more difficult." --Peggy Moorman

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Title: Picasso: the Italian Journey: 917-1924
Publisher: New Line Books
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: VERY GOOD

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