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Picasso (25 Spring) [Paperback]

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TASCHEN's 25th anniversary - Special edition! Picasso's entire oeuvre?from his earliest drawings to the master's very last painting Special bestseller price! "The definitive introduction to the scope and range of Picasso's work." The Times, London "I wanted to be a painter, and I became Picasso," declared Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in an apt survey of a triumphant career. He had good grounds for the confidence palpable in his statement, for in the history of 20th century art, his name stands out over all the others. In Picasso's paintings, drawings, lithographs, ceramics, and sculptures, he was tirelessly inventive and innovative, exhibiting an aesthetic bravado that kept him one step ahead of his contemporaries. From subject matter to new forms and techniques to new media, Picasso got there first. The Spanish artist's enormous output, from the eight-year-old's beginnings to the late work of a man of ninety-one, is surely one of the most diverse and creatively energetic in the whole history of art, and it is no exaggeration to see him as the genius of the century. Carsten-Peter Warncke's study is a thorough review of Picasso's entire oeuvre, from the early Blue and Rose Periods, through the analytic and synthetic cubism and classicist phase all the way up to the art of the old savage Picasso. Our study of Picasso, the most exhaustive record of his work to date, contains almost 1500 illustrations?from his earliest drawings to the master's very last painting. Extensive bibliography section as well as illustrated section about Picasso's life and work Index of Names

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Pages   740
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 7.75" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   5.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822838144  
ISBN13  9783822838143  

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More About Carsten-Peter Warncke & Ingo F. Walther

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carsten-Peter Warncke studied art history, classical archaeology; and literature in Vienna, Heidelberg, and Hamburg, and received his doctorate from the latter in 1975. He is professor of art history at the University of Gottingen.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Modern
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4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > ( P-R ) > Picasso, Pablo
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Excellent value  Feb 14, 2008
The two volume book is arranged in seventeen chapters concluding with a considerable Chronology illustrated with numerous black and white pictures, mostly photographs with many of the artist, Notes, a Bibliography which includes exhibition catalogues, and a rather brief (one page) Index of Names.

The opening Chapter reminds us of the stature of the man, and of his prodigious output; briefly summarising his career. The subsequent Chapters chronicle Picasso's progress starting with his childhood efforts, through the Blue and Rose Periods, Cubism, "Guernica" to mention just a few and concluding with "The Legend of the Artist". It is intelligently written, accessible and makes very interesting reading. The illustrations run with the text and are usually within a page or two of the relevant reference.

Produced in two paperback volumes in a cardboard slipcase Taschen's 25 anniversary edition is an impressive effort. It is superbly illustrated throughout with approaching 1,500 images mainly in colour but with a few back and white (usually drawings or photographs). The smallest pictures are just thumbnails, the largest full page and the occasional double page spread, with every size between; but there are plenty of good sized pictures with whole sections of colour plates, it certainly makes an impressive array. Overall the pictures far outweigh the text.

At such good value for money it is hard to be critical of this two volume set, but I fear I have two concerns. Firstly the Index seems wholly inadequate, an Index of Names which amounts to one page; finding a particular painting or anything else might prove difficult. Secondly, while the two volumes come protected in a slipcase, the card covers to the individual volumes feel very slight; with each approaching 400 pages one feels one has to handle them with great care for fear of damaging the binding. It is however a very worthwhile set, one would be hard pressed to find so many reproductions of Picasso's work elsewhere for the money, and would not hesitate to recommend it.
Complete Picasso  May 30, 2007
It is no small feat to gather the whole of Picasso's career in one, easy to read (and to carry) volume. This has been done through this book, the most comprehensive sum on the artist available on the market, for a reasonable price. Lavishly illustrated (many rarely-seen works, owned by private collectors, alongside well-known masterpieces housed in museums all over the world), it covers every single period from the very beginning (paperworks from the early 1890's) to the much criticized (and, today, highly regarded) late paintings of the early 1970's. If there is one book on Picasso, this is it. The text follows a chrological pattern and is full of technical, historical and anecdotical details.

Note: the new edition is divided into two volumes (same text and illustrations as the one I reviewed above).
Doing justice to Picasso  May 18, 2007
This edition comes in two books in a cardboard sleeve. Book One covers his works from 1890 - 1936.
Book two covers his works from 1937 - 1973.
There is a detailed chronology at the back of book two with many black and white photographs of Picasso and his family and friends. As well as notes, an index of names and a comprehensive bibliography.

The text is well written and engaging, describing the how and why of Picasso's techniques and themes; with historical personal, and technical considerations.
There are many good quality pictures of his work from all facets of his careers, some depicting a series of the same image as he experimented with different ideas. It is remarkable to see the breadth of his talent laid out as it is in this book. It gave me a strong impression of his talent and dedication to his art.
I looked at many books on Picasso to compare with this Taschen publication but none that were in my price range came close to comparing with the quality of the production and content of these books.

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