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Picasso: Painting Against Time [Hardcover]

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No other painter has had a more lasting influence on twentieth-century art than Pablo Picasso. Among the many phases and styles encompassed by his oeuvre, Picasso's late period--which he spent in Mougins, in the South of France, until his death in 1973--has a very special position. For the highly charged paintings that Picasso made during the last decade of his life, often featuring close-ups of the kiss or copulation, seem to cling with all their might to the artist's intense sensuality, his desire for embrace. They are marked by a great restlessness whose aim must be to exorcise death itself. "Wild" paintings rapidly executed by Picasso's masterly hand, the late canvases stand in marked contrast to the artist's detailed, carefully executed drawings of the same period, which are dominated by a unique joy in narrative.This substantial new volume, edited by Werner Spies, former director of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the most important Picasso expert of our day, examines almost 200 works, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, shedding light on the specific methods and dialectics in Picasso's later work. In particular, the sense of the artist's race against time is made clear through the exciting dialogue that emerges here between painting and drawing. As Picasso himself said, "The works that one paints are a way of keeping a diary."

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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.81" Width: 10.24" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   4.54 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Hatje Cantz
ISBN  3775719229  
ISBN13  9783775719223  

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"Outstandingly unique!"  Feb 8, 2008
As an artist and art book collector I carefully examine a book before I buy it. I saw a damaged copy of this book at a Barnes & Knobles Book store in Seattle and really liked the pictures but even more so I enjoyed the way the author explained what they thought Picasso was thinking towards the end of his life. My favorite part is about the two hundred paintings Picasso did in the last three years of his life, pretty extraordinary. The pictures of Picasso's work are clear and clean. An outstanding well done job. If you enjoy Picasso and/or art, then secure yourself a copy of this fine book. You won't be dissapointed.

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