PICASSO AND MODERN BRITISH ART


PICASSO AND MODERN BRITISH ART

JAMES BEECHY & CHRIS STEPHENS    Book Number: 84354    Product format: Hardback

A big beautiful 2012 first edition exhibition catalogue published by Tate Britain. The front cover shows Pablo Picasso's Nude Woman in a Red Armchair from 1932 to grace the cover of this huge, heavyweight 240 page softback publication with over 160 colour illustrations and texts by leading experts in the field. Picasso's enormous influence on British Modernism is explored through seven of his contemporaries for whom he proved an important stimulus - Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney. For example, Picasso's Portrait of Emilie Marguerite Walter from 1939 with its rather squiffy looking eyes on page 211 is placed opposite David Hockney's Christopher Without his Glasses On from 1984, and almost mirror image female to male, left to right distorted face. Similar comparisons are made with compositions like his Guitar, Compote Dish and Grapes of 1924 with compositions by Ben Nicholson. Here too are his beautiful drawings from Characters in the Three-Cornered Hat, from his earthenware and ceramics, the Women of Algiers on loan from a private collection, his dry point etching Weeping Woman alongside a drawing of the same image, Bathers at the Beach Hut in geometric shapes contrasted with the works of Bacon and his charcoal sketch of a group of four women alongside alabaster sculptures and drawings by Henry Moore. The dozens upon dozens of colour plates and comparisons make for a superb reflection. And his almost papercut effect of the reworking of Velázquez's Les Meninas on page 18 is astonishing. A really beautiful big art picture book with superb text exploring Picasso's rise in Britain as a figure of controversy and celebrity and tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. 240pp 9¼" x 11¾". Softback.
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ISBN 9781854378903
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