Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Edited by Gary Tinterow and Susan Alyson Stein; Essays and entries by Magdalena Dabrowski, Lisa M. Messinger, Asher Ethan Miller, Marla Prather, Rebecca A. Rabinow, Sabine Rewald, Samantha Rippner, and Gary Tinterow; Technical notes by Lucy Belloli, Shawn Digney-Peer, Isabelle Duvernois, Rachel Mustalish, and Kendra Roth; Documentation by Christel Hollevoet-Force

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This landmark publication presents for the first time a comprehensive catalogue of the works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in the Metropolitan Museum. Comprising thirty-four paintings, fifty-eightdrawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramics, and more than four hundred prints, the collection reflects the full breadth of the artist’s multisided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career. Notable for its remarkable constellation of early figure paintings, which include the commanding At the Lapin Agile (1905) and the iconic portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906),  the Museum’s collection also stands apart for its exceptional cache of drawings, which despite their importance and number remain relatively little known.

The key subjects that variously sustained Picasso’s interest—the pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, faceted tabletops of his Cubist years, classicizing bathers and dreaming nudes of the 1920s and 30s, and the rakish musketeers of his maturity—are amply represented by works ranging in date from a dashing self-portrait  of 1900 to the fanciful Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer painted nearly seventy years later.

An overview of the collection’s history; entries on nearly one hundred works that incorporate the latest technical and documentary findings and furnish a full record of the provenance, exhibition history, and references for each object; and an essay and illustrated checklist of the prints are also included in this illuminating and handsomely illustrated volume.

Gary Tinterow is Engelhard Chairman of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art (4/20/10 – 8/1/10)

‘The catalogue published and produced by Yale University Press, is remarkable on every level: in the quality and importance of the art, in the intelligence and originality of the epoch of the thesis and themes, in the psychological and aesthetic implications of the Picasso story. It balances poignantly the visual and the verbal in artistic cadences rarely seen in an age of excesses.’ —Asia Intelligence Wire

"Researchers examining the history of specific Picasso works in the Met's collection will find this book most useful, although this catalogue will also interest general readers."—J. E. Housefield, Choice

“A curious but fascination hybrid: part catalogue raisonné of the Metropolitan’s Picasso holdings and part in-depth conservation report”—Gijs Van Hensbergen, Burlington Magazine

ISBN: 9780300155259
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Co-publisher: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
376 pages, 9 x 12
323 b/w + 340 color illus.
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