British Museum Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite exhibition catalogue

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite

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'The series of 100 etchings that make up Picasso’s Vollard Suite is at once among the artist’s best- and least-known works of art.' - The Telegraph

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite - British Museum

Published to accompany the exhibition at the British Museum in 2012, this book explores Pablo Picasso's (1881 - 1973) most important group of etchings, the Vollard Suite. Created between 1930 and 1937, a period in which the artist became immersed in sculpture, the suite reveals key themes - the classical world, its sculpture and myths.

The etchings are presented together with sculptural objects from the British Museum's unique collection. Also included are documentary photographs of the artist, his lover and model Marie-Thérèse Walter, and the greatest avant-garde Paris art dealer and print publisher of his day, Ambroise Vollard, from whom the suite takes its name.

This is the first substantial publication of Picasso's Vollard Suite in over thirty years, which has been beautifully reproduced from specially commissioned new photography.

  • Author: Stephen Coppel, Assistant Keeper Modern prints and drawings (after 1880), British Museum
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: May 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714126838
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 25.1 x 2.7 cm

★★★★ 'The series of 100 etchings that make up Picasso’s Vollard Suite is at once among the artist’s best- and least-known works of art... Now, for the first time in this country, this is possible, thanks to the recent gift to the British Museum of a complete set. The exhibition the [British Museum] is staging to celebrate this important acquisition is as rich and complex a visual experience as we are likely to see this year' - The Telegraph

★★★ 'They teem with ideas and imagery, reflecting Picasso’s flirtation with surrealism, his passion for his young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, his obsession with the classical world, and his rekindled prowess as a sculptor' - Evening Standard

'offers more inspiration, stimulation and sheer excitement than almost any other art I can think of' - The Guardian

'A beautifully produced, fully illustrated catalogue. Coppel’s introduction, appropriately titled ‘Into the Labyrinth: Picasso’s Vollard Suite’, offers a lucid account of the history of the production of the 100 plates that came to be known as the Vollard Suite' - Print Quarterly

'This publication was prompted by the British Museum's acquisition last year of the Vollard Suite (100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930-37). The prints are beautifully reproduced, and their key themes – the artist's burgeoning interest in sculptural forms and the classical world – discussed. This is the first major reassessment of this seminal series since Picasso's death' - Apollo Magazine


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