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Picasso Portraits
Author: Elizabeth Cowling

ISBN: 9781855145429
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1 December 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.3 x 23.7 x 2.8
Description:
From first to last, Picasso's prime subject was the human figure and portraiture remained a favourite genre. His earliest portraits were done from life and reveal a precocious ability to catch likeness and suggest character and state of mind. By 1900 Picasso was producing portraits of astonishing variety and thereafter they reflected the full range of his innovative styles - symbolist, cubist, neoclassical, surrealist, expressionist. But however extreme his departure from representational conventions, Picasso never wholly abandoned drawing from the sitter or ceased producing portraits of classic beauty and naturalism. For all his radical originality, Picasso remained in constant dialogue with the art of the past and his portraits often alluded to canonical masterpieces, chosen for their appropriateness to the looks and personality of his subject. Treating favourite Old Masters as indecorously as his intimate friends, he enjoyed caricaturing them and indulging in fantasies about their sex lives that mirrored his own obsession with the interaction of eroticism and creativity. His late suites of free 'variations' after Velazquez's Las Meninas and Rembrandt's The Prodigal Son, both of which involve self...

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