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"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
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Published January 1st 2007 by Taschen (first published January 1st 1991)
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Glenn Russell
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Fall of Icarus, 1958

Art historian Carsten-Peter Warncke's book on Picasso is an extensive examination of the artists work from beginning to end, in seven lively chapters: Picasso the Legend, The Early Years 1890-1901, The Blue and Rose Periods 1901-1906, Cubism 1906-1936, Classicism and Surrealism 1916-1936, War, Art and Politics 1937-1953, The Man and the Myth 1954-1973. Since this is a book review and not a book, I will limit myself to the final chapter, the last phase of the artists life
Mikey B.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, art
Art Institute of Chicago - 2017

Mother and Child, 1921
Art Institute of Chicago

You cant go wrong with Taschen art books. This one has a wealth of reproductions of Picassos long prestigious life.

Picasso is surely the foremost artist of the 20th century. He changed art. The wide diversity of paintings, collages, and sculptures certainly attest to this.

I cant say that Picasso is my favourite painter some of his works strike me as childish and repetitious.

The text in this book has next to nothing to say on biographical details on
Luís C.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, taschen, 20th-century
Born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work. After a long prolific career, he died on April 8, 1973, Mougins, France. The enormous body of Picasso's work remains, however, and the legend lives on - a tribute to the vitality of the "disquieting" ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: who likes Art History -Surrealism
Shelves: art
"I wanted to be a painter, I became Picasso" said Picasso. If you want to read one book about Picasso's life and career ( paintings, ceramics, graphic work, drawings and sculpture), this study is remarkable.
Dimi Tsioumbris
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, artbooks
Picasso was a genius, but its so disappointing that the majority of people, do not get what he have done, so most of the times they talk about the blue and rose periods, which were just excercises, if you want color check out Matisse or Chagal, Picasso is all about form and how he can explore the space time continuum through it, begin with Cezanne, you ll see the first glimpses of what Picasso finally achived with the "whores of Avignon" and the puzzle will start to connect, its the way he ...more
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Taschen is my favorite art book publisher. The quality is so good. You never have to worry about whether the paintings are printed in color or not. They're always in color on fine grade paper, with a sound researcher providing the biography.

This is a very thick book containing two volumes in one. It is a thick coffee table sized book. The biographer gives us a superficial, but adept overview of Picasso's life and various art periods. I felt it offered good insight and most importantly, a
Arnoldo Garcia
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers as a model for learning to re-write and use different techniques of imaginationings
Shelves: arte
Picasso said that at 8 years old he painted like Velazquez and when he was 60 or later he wanted to paint like a child. He was right: we are all born artists, but society, the socialization process that sews in class/gender/race in all its dimensions, takes it away from us. That's why there are Picasso's and the rest of us. The superman, the superpainter, the super is the result of the unsuper majorities. But that can and has changed. Discipline, imagination, hard work, resources to be able to ...more
Honestly, not very impressed by the arts (maybe due to lack of my understanding of art in general. Or the reoccurrence of cubism in architecture, and the surrealism in the literature which I have already seen/read. Or it might be simple, the over-defensiveness of the author about Picasso's copied arts too), but a nice weekend read/view-read.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Good collection. Great color reproductions of his paintings and more. I'm not a big Piacasso fan. Lots of good writing that I read parts of. Seemed to have all the details I would want to read if I had more interest.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick, good read for all writers. You will feel buoyed and validated in Goldbergs hands. ...more
Eric Aguirre
Libro técnico sobre la obra de Pablo Picasso. Pasa por sus primeros años en Málaga hasta su explosión como artista revolucionario en Francia. El libro no se ocupa en estudiar la psicología del artista malagueño, sino que hace un análisis formal de las obras.

El texto es un poco tedioso a ratos, y creo que pudo haber sido mucho más interesante si hubiera estudiado las diferentes relaciones que tuvo con las mujeres en su vida. El suicido de Casagemas es un ejemplo claro de como Picasso interioriza
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic biography and history of Picasso. If you're look for a thorough, in-depth look at his work and how each movement came about, this is the place to start. 2 volumes, gorgeous pictures.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great collection of Picasso's work and history at a reasonable price. Recommended.
Taylor W. Rushing
Jun 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Bold and in-depth depiction of his work. Gotta love the rose period.
Cathy I
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of great paintings that I hadn't seen before and lots more information about his life. In-depth information about Guernica which I need.
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Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful two-book compilation of Picasso's work and detailed information on individual works.
Sep 21, 2009 added it
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