With a Preface by Philippe Dagen.
Picasso is one of the most brilliant artists of his generation: extraordinarily prolific, he worked in a wide range of different techniques, from painting to sculpture, via ceramics, tapestry and of course, all sorts of illustration: drawing, lithography and engraving, in large and small formats, black-and-white and color, and more!
His illustration work forms a heteroclite and protean whole, representative of his equally diverse larger body of work. Throughout his life, Picasso collaborated on illustrated books – yet oddly, that facet of his work has remained largely in the shadows. Attracted to books, writing and visual play with words and letters, Picasso met many important writers from his time: Apollinaire, who was one of his closest companions, as well as Max Jacob, André Breton, Paul Éluard, René Char and Pierre Reverdy, to cite the most well-known among them.
He also illustrated the classics, including work by Ovid, Aristophanes, Buffon, Balzac, Mérimée and more. Finally, he collaborated on books about bull-fighting, an obsession of his, as well as literary and artistic journals and occasionally newspapers, in connection with his political convictions.
With these illustrations, the full breadth and depth of Picasso’s palette is on display: from the Cubist, African and Surrealist inspirations to the most playful, unexpected and provocative Expressionism.
Philippe Dagen, professor at the Sorbonne and art critic, specializes in 20th-century art movements and painters. He is well-versed in the work of Picasso, about whom he has written extensively. For this book, he chose the drawings as well as writing the accompanying texts