• Title: Picasso
  • Author: Philippe Dagen
  • ISBN: 9781580932578
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Picasso Art critic and scholar Philippe Dagen approaches Picasso as a subject through a series of questions What does it mean to be an artist in the twentieth century What does it mean to be an artist in the
    Art critic and scholar Philippe Dagen approaches Picasso as a subject through a series of questions What does it mean to be an artist in the twentieth century What does it mean to be an artist in the time of newspapers and museums, in a time when the art market has expanded to reach the entire western world Is modern civilization so different that it gives an artist a nArt critic and scholar Philippe Dagen approaches Picasso as a subject through a series of questions What does it mean to be an artist in the twentieth century What does it mean to be an artist in the time of newspapers and museums, in a time when the art market has expanded to reach the entire western world Is modern civilization so different that it gives an artist a new attitude and causes him to redefine his role for the public, the market, and, therefore, to invent entirely new artistic practices Picasso is considered here in view of this last, and most probable, hypothesis He is a product of his situation and time, in the broadest sense of the term Refusing to confine himself to his studio or the small artistic community in Paris, Picasso responded forcefully to world affairs, giving pictoral and sculptural form to the passions and events he witnessed around him This is a thoroughly modern Picasso, constantly and consciously confronting the modernity of the world Dagen s original exploration of his techniques, materials, and images shows how the artist both allowed modernity to in ltrate his work and at the same time to react against it Picasso moved between acceptance and rejection, a perpetual confrontation that is, perhaps, the most satisfying explanation of his will to create change that drove him to leave the most varied and diverse body of work in the entire history of art.

    One Reply to “Picasso”

    1. Granted, this is Picasso we're talking about, and there are very few artists who reach the levels of critical success and popularity that he did. The only others who have tasted the same rarefied air are Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, perhaps Botticelli, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and (maybe) Salvador Dali. None of the above engendered the kind of semi-religious reverence that Picasso did in his own lifetime; Dali might have been as popular, but critical response to his work was far more di [...]

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