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Picasso Cubism (1907-1917) /
Josep Palau i Fabre ; [translated from de [sic] Catalan original by Susan Branyas, Richard-Lewis Rees, and Patrick Zabalbeascoa].
New York : Rizzoli, 1990.
529, [1] p. : ill. (some col.), map, ports. (some col.)
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New York : Rizzoli, 1990.
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Issued in slipcase.
Translation of: Picasso cubisme (1907-1917).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 527-529).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1990-12-14:
Cubism, for Picasso, was a vast experiment which led him into aesthetic territory few other artists have explored. That sense of daring adventure permeates this marvelous album, essential to our understanding of cubism and Picasso. Spanish scholar Palau i Fabre ( Picasso 1881-1907 ) makes a plausible case for the view that the invention of a cubist vocabulary constituted a genuine revolution, not just an ivory-tower affair. He recreates Picasso's cubist phase as a tortuous battle, a stroke-by-stroke quest for perfection in a newly discovered pictorial kingdom. Despite the author's ponderous style (at least in this translation from the Catalan), this lavish monograph rewards readers with its thoroughgoing commentaries, its wealth of seldom-reproduced images and its thematic groupings of kindred art works on a single page or on two-page spreads. (Feb.)
Appeared in Choice on 1991-03:
A large and beautiful book by the well-known Spanish Picasso expert who earlier produced works especially valuable for their treatment of the artist in the artistic context of Catalonia and Spain, e.g., Picasso en Cataluna (Barcelona, 1966) and Picasso: The Early Years, 1881-1907 (CH, Feb'82). This book, however, though it follows logically from the 1981 work, is so unscholarly in approach and so badly out of date with the literature on Picasso and Cubism of the last 20 years as to render the text sadly uninteresting. The total absence of notes and the short bibliography confirm what the disappointing text, largely biographical, reveals clearly: Palau i Fabre sticks close to his personal interests and hunches as to the meanings of particular works, assuming too confidently that he can ignore the world of European and North American scholarship on the subject with its interest in the historical, aesthetic, philosophical, scientific, and political environment. To be sure, he occasionally offers special insights into Spanish and Catalan experience that suggest useful and interesting readings, but overall, the text is not useful for scholars or graduate and undergraduate students. The illustrations, on the other hand, are excellent and of encyclopedic thoroughness. With a short appendix of criticism and a catalog of works. -P. Leighten, University of Delaware
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Publishers Weekly, December 1990
Choice, March 1991
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