Picasso and Paper - the exhibition catalogue from Royal Academy/Cleveland Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Picasso and Paper

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A sumptuous study of Picasso's use of paper - the companion book to a RA show in 2020

Pablo Picasso's artistic output is astonishing in its ambition and variety. This handsome new publication examines a particular aspect of his legendary capacity for invention: his imaginative and original use of paper. He used it as a support for autonomous works, including etchings, prints and drawings, as well as for his papier-collé experiments of the 1910s and his revolutionary three-dimensional 'constructions', made of cardboard, paper and string.

Sometimes, his use of paper was simply determined by circumstance: in occupied Paris, where art supplies were hard to come by, he ripped up paper tablecloths to make works of art. And, of course, his works on paper comprise the preparatory stages of some of his very greatest paintings, among them Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937). 

With reproductions of more than 300 works of art and a series of insightful new texts by leading authorities on the artist, this comprehensive study reveals the myriad ways in which Picasso’s genius seized the potential of paper throughout his career. Among the texts are William H. Robinson on Picasso’s astonishingly inventive use of paper; Emilia Philippot on the key techniques and concepts that made paper a central feature of Picasso’s art and Christopher Lloyd on Picasso’s extraordinarily prolific draughtsmanship.

  • Author: Ann Dumas, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • Hardcover: 328 pages | 400 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1912520176
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.5 cm