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Pablo Picasso : metamorphoses of the human form : graphic works, 1895-1972
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, 2000.
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35 pages, 251 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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Catalog of an exhibition held June 22-Sept.24, 2000, at the Stadthalle, Balingen, Germany.
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N6853.P5 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This book seems deliberately contrived to capitalize on the continued frenzy for publications on Picasso. Its premise traces the artist's development from academic beginnings, through the blue and rose periods, cubism, surrealism, and later expressionist works by focusing on his graphic depictions of the human body. The volume is extensively devoted to visuals; three very short essays fail to make a significant contribution to the literature. Each essay tries to compensate for the lack of catalog entries by weaving together descriptions of various works. Doschka's rambling contribution discusses the nature of drawing and examines recurring themes; McCully's essay is better organized and provides a coherent contextual interpretation of Picasso's evolution. Baldassari's text is forced, since Picasso has not been proven to be aware of color theories (Goethe to Chevreul) presented in conjunction with his production; nevertheless, this essay comes closest to making an original contribution. This book holds most value for those already familiar with Picasso's oeuvre--the importance of the plates lies not in their ability to survey his career, but rather in how the drawings explain works in other media. Recommended chiefly for the illustrations. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato