Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws

Pablo Picasso
(Reaktion Books, 2005)

bookcoverThis book is a concise and lively study of the enormously productive and varied life and art of one of the twentieth century’s most influential artistic figures. The author describes the artist’s life thematically and chronologically, and also takes as focal points Picasso’s relationships with his close friends and partners as they changed through the various periods of his life: in Barcelona, Paris, and Provence. She provides biographical context to Picasso’s work, focusing on the time around Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and then Guernica, as well as the changes and consistencies in his oeuvre over the twentieth century. Throughout, the author examines Picasso’s juggling of viewpoints, artistic strategies, loves, and friends, which she interprets as part of the expansion of the artist’s genius and personality, represented by the figures of the Harlequin, the clown, and the acrobat. Mary Ann Caws is a distinguished professor of comparative literature, English, and French at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: SEP 1, 2005

Category: Comparative Literature