A revealing investigation into Picasso's career-long fascination with the written word
Throughout his life, Pablo Picasso had close friendships with writers and an abiding interest in the written word. This groundbreaking book, which draws on the collections of Yale University, traces the relationship that Picasso had with literature and writing in his life and work.
Beginning with the artist’s early associations with such writers as Gertrude Stein, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, and Pierre Reverdy, the book continues until the postwar period, by which time Picasso had become a worldwide celebrity. Distinguished authorities in art and literature explore the theme of Picasso and language from historical, linguistic, and visual perspectives and contextualize Picasso’s work within a rich literary framework. Presenting fascinating archival materials and written in an accessible style, Picasso and the Allure of Language is essential reading for anyone interested in this great artist and the history of modernism.
Published in association with the Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (January 27 – May 24, 2009)
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham (August 20, 2009 – January 3, 2010)
"[The] catalogue contains an introduction by Susan Greenberg Fisher; essays that probe Picasso's lifelong relationship to writers and writing by Mary Ann Caws, and extended catalogue entries that present new scholarship on select objects from the exhibition by modern-art scholars."—Artdaily~Artdaily
~Artists and Illustrators“…a stylish book that is a must for fans of the Spanish master.” — Artists and Illustrators
~Stefanie Sobelle, Bookforum
"Picasso and the Allure of Language is a crucial starting point for understanding [that writing and drawing are the same act] in the artist's work and serves as a unique introduction to many of his most celebrated pieces."—Stefanie Sobelle, Bookforum