Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change - the exhibition catalogue from Barnes Foundation/Columbus Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change

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'The thought-provoking exhibition Picasso: the Great War, Experimentation and Change. . . attempts to find reasons for these swings [between cubism and classicism] by examining the strikingly diverse works Picasso made between 1912 and 1924 in relation to those problematic times' - The Wall Street Journal

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change - The Barnes Foundation

Accompanying a major exhibition in 2016 at the Barnes Foundation and the Columbus Museum of Art,  Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change examines the work that Pablo Picasso made in Paris during the tumultuous years of World War I.

Focusing on Picasso’s oeuvre from 1912 to 1924, when he used both Cubist and classical modes in his art, this fully illustrated catalogue highlights one of the most important periods in the history of modern art. Picasso’s shifts in style became a means of not repeating, in his words, 'the same vision, the same technique, the same formula.' The book also includes the work of Picasso’s peers and friends, artists who were also exploring themes relevant to the difficult times in which they lived. This elegantly designed book includes images and discussion of costumes by Picasso for the ballet Parade (1917), and photographs by Jean Cocteau showing the artist and friends in Paris (1916). The book is essential reading for all those interested in Picasso’s work and the dramatic and innovative period of art history during the Great War.

  • Author: Simonetta Fraquelli, independent art historian and specialist in twentieth-century European art
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: March 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1785510342
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 24.8 x 2.2 cm

'The thought-provoking exhibition Picasso: the Great War, Experimentation and Change. . . attempts to find reasons for these swings [between cubism and classicism] by examining the strikingly diverse works Picasso made between 1912 and 1924 in relation to those problematic times' - The Wall Street Journal

'This exhibition will be the first in the US to take on the much-debated question of Picasso’s stylistic modality, particularly the ease with which cubism rubbed shoulders with neoclassicism in the artist’s work, both leading up to and following World War I' - Artforum

'What this exhibition shows us is the artist finding ever more ways to be Picasso' - The Philadelphia Inquirer