Picasso and Paper

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Ann Dumas, Emilia Philippot, William H. Robinson

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9781912520176
Hardback
Royal Academy of Arts
Territory: World excluding USA & Canada
Size: 285 mm x 235 mm
Pages: 328
Illustrations: 400 colour

RRP £40.00

  • Pablo Picasso's often experimental and at times revolutionary use of paper is the subject of this major study, published to accompany an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (25 January - 13 April 2020) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (24 May - 23 August 2020)
  • Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Cleveland Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris

Pablo Picasso's artistic output is astonishing in its ambition and variety. This handsome new publication examines a particular aspect of his legendary capacity for invention: his imaginative and original use of paper.

He used it as a support for autonomous works, including etchings, prints and drawings, as well as for his papier-collé experiments of the 1910s and his revolutionary three-dimensional 'constructions', made of cardboard, paper and string. Sometimes, his use of paper was simply determined by circumstance: in occupied Paris, where art supplies were hard to come by, he ripped up paper tablecloths to make works of art. And, of course, his works on paper comprise the preparatory stages of some of his very greatest paintings, among them Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937).

With reproductions of more than 300 works of art and additional texts by Violette Andres, Stephen Coppel, Emmanuelle Hincelin, Christopher Lloyd, Johan Popelard and Claustre Rafart Planas, this sumptuous study reveals the myriad ways in which Picasso's genius seized the potential of paper at different stages throughout his career.