Picasso : Minotaurs and Matadors - the exhibition catalogue from Gagosian Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Picasso : Minotaurs and Matadors

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A richly illustrated book offering a career-long survey of Picasso's engagement with bullfighting and mythological narratives 

Curated by noted Picasso biographer John Richardson, this exhibition catalogue examines the intersection of Picasso's bullfighting imagery with the mythological (and biographical) compositions of the 1930s. Including works dating from 1897 to 1972, this fully illustrated catalogue presents a career-long survey of Picasso s engagement with ancient bullfighting and mythological narratives and includes essays by noted Picasso scholars Michael FitzGerald and Gertje Utley.

Though one of history’s most innovative modernists, Picasso was grounded in the traditions of his Spanish heritage. Born in the southern port of Málaga in 1881, he was a lifelong aficionado of the drama of the bullfight; matadors, picadors, horses, and bulls were recurring subjects throughout his body of work, from his earliest childhood drawings to some of his final paintings. In the 1930s, at a time of upheaval and personal strife, Picasso began to create allusive narrative works ripe for Surrealist interpretation, infusing the theatrical combat of the corrida with mythic elements of antiquity. His synthesis of the Minotaur myth, the Spanish cult of the bull, and the intimate details of his private life led to the creation of illustrated books, poetry, set designs, sculpture, ceramics, the celebrated Vollard Suite of prints, and masterpieces such as La Minotauromachie (1935) and even Guernica (1937). After Picasso returned to live in the Mediterranean after World War II, his work would continue to be steeped in mythology and bullfighting for the remainder of his life. Picasso’s depictions of Minotaurs and matadors provide a key for biographical and scholarly investigation into an oeuvre that he confessed to having created as if keeping a diary. 

Details
  • Author: John Richardson
  • Paperback: 266 pages | 243 colour illustrations
  • Date published: September 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0847861101
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.6 cm

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