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Francis Bacon was so inspired by the Picasso exhibit in 1927 at the Paul Rosenberg gallery in Paris that he decided to dedicate himself to painting. From that point onward, he established and maintained a multifaceted relationship with Picasso's work. The visual, thematic, and philosophical aspects of the virtual dialogue that ensued between the two artists centered around what Bacon called "the brutality of fact" that linked his work to that of Picasso. Bacon-Picasso examines the work of the two artists through their common themes: the crucifixion, the kiss, the scream, and the studio portrait/self-portrait. The juxtaposition of paintings clearly demonstrates the ways in which Bacon appropriated Picasso's work into his own art. This volume, co-published with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, draws from prestigious international collections including the Tate Gallery, London, Musée National Picasso and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), and Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
Anne Baldassari is the world's preeminent Picasso scholar and curator at the Musée National Picasso in Paris. She is the author of several works and exhibition catalogs, including Picasso and Photography (Flammarion, 1997), Picasso Working on Paper (Rizzoli, 2000), and the recent blockbuster Matisse-Picasso (MOMA/Tate Gallery, 2002).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 11.25" Height: 9" Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
ISBN 2080304860 ISBN13 9782080304865
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More About Anne Baldassari
Anne Baldassari, Director of the Musee Picasso in Paris, is the author of many books published by Flammarion, including Picasso and Photography (1997), The Surrealist Picasso (2005), Bacon-Picasso (2005), and Picasso: Life with Dora Maar (2006). Pierre Daix is France's foremost specialist on Cubism. Journalist, writer, and friend of Picasso, he has written several books on the subject. Pepe Karmel is Professor of Art History at New York University. He is author of Picasso and the Invention of Cubism (2003). Irving Lavin is a professor at the School of Historical Studies at Princeton. He is one of America's most eminent art historians and author of the definitive work Past-Present: Essays on Historicism in Art from Donatello to Picasso (1993). Jean-Claude Lebensztejn was a professor of Art History at the University of Paris Sorbonne, the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard. Leo Steinberg is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion (University of Chicago Press, 1997).
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Examining the Artistic Bonds between Picasso and Bacon Nov 24, 2005
For all the many fine biographies and monographs on the important 20th century artist Francis Bacon, little has been said, until this informative volume, about the apparent powerful influence the art of Pablo Picasso had on Bacon's turning point in his brilliant career. Picasso authority Anne Baldassari shares with us the fact that it was the 1927 Picasso exhibition in Paris that shaped Bacon's artistic life, that being the point at which designer-oriented Bacon turned to painting.
In a fascinating manner (though at times too thorough and lumbering to maintain attention to the words) Baldassari traces this 'imprinting' Picasso's work and personal life had on Bacon's output. Juxtaposing Picasso drawings with Bacon's sketches and germinal ideas for his paintings demonstrates the common themes of the crucifixion, the kiss, the scream, and the studio portrait/self-portrait: the similarities are truly amazing!
In addition the purely informative and investigational aspect of this well designed and produced volume are the surprising number of little known Bacon images. Just when we think we have seen them all in Catalogue raisonné books, here are some fine canvases from the cooperating institutions of the Tate Gallery, London, Musée National Picasso and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), and Fondation Beyeler, Basel. This is a book that further fleshes out the fascinating career of Francis Bacon while offering deeper insights into the works of Pablo Picasso. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 05