Picasso in the metropolitan museum of art book

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picasso in the metropolitan museum of art book

Matisse, Picasso, Miro--as I Knew Them by Rosamond Bernier

This excellent book was written by Rosamond Bernier, a good friend of some the greatest artists of the twentieth century and celebrated for her lectures at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ms. Bernier describes her close friendship with Matisse, Picasso and Miro, intertwined with wonderful descriptions of their art. She faithfully repeats each artists philosophy, methods and inspirations. Unlike previous art books, I found their explanations clear and fascinating.

I enjoyed the authors personal account, anecdotes and her insiders view of three of the greatest artists of modern times. Her descriptions of the artists art was enlightening and informative and frankly, just delightful.

Included are several color photographs of each artists work.
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Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If the Metropolitan Museum of Art had not decided to display together the 34 paintings, 58 works on paper, two sculptures and sundry items including prints that make up its Picasso collection, some truths and questions that many would prefer to remain unspoken about the most important figure of 20th century Western art might not have been aired. Take the famous portrait of Gertrude Stein , painted in , which she left to the museum in her will in Nudged by them, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard bought 27 paintings from the artist in and went on to buy batches of pictures twice a year until Yet, the diversity of the pictures that she acquired with her first husband, Samuel Marx, rules out any suggestion of conformism. The portrait of an innkeeper called Josep Fondevila stands apart from all others.

Pablo Picasso Spanish. The darkened room and glow from the lamp give her an ethereal presence, while her alabaster skin, blonde hair, and floral crown enhance her youth. The canvas, one of several similar compositions Picasso painted of his mistress, is a poem by a man in love. Not on view. Public Domain.

Pablo Picasso Spanish. The head casts a prominent shadow against what appears to be a back wall, suggesting that Woman with a Book began as an interior scene. The trees and mountains at upper left were added later, producing a contradictory reading of both the pictorial space and the narrative scene. Not on view. Public Domain. Date: Paris, spring Medium: Oil on canvas.


This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive catalogue of the works by Pablo Picasso — in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Comprising thirty-four paintings, fifty-eight drawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramic plaques, and almost four hundred prints, the Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multisided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career. In his introduction, Gary Tinterow describes how the Metropolitan came to possess the particular works by Picasso in its collection, beginning with the arrival of Gertrude Stein's iconic portrait in , the first work by Picasso to enter the Museum. Schoenborn, Klaus and Dolly Perls, and Jacques and Natasha Gelman, among many others, helped establish the Metropolitan as one of the worlds most important repositories of Picasso's art. In meticulously researched catalogue entries, the authors place the Metropolitan's Picassos in art historical context and discuss the significance of each work within the artist's constantly evolving oeuvre, from the early Blue and Rose Period masterpieces and revolutionary innovations of Cubism to the elegant neoclassicism of the s and the joyous invention of the late work. Technical notes from Museum conservators describe the results of analyses and treatments that have revealed early states as well as previously lost compositions under the surfaces of many of the paintings.


  1. Kat B. says:

    When in doubt, haul the Picassos out.

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