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The Genesis of a Painting: Picasso's Guernica Paperback – 12 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520250079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520250079
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful book, and a unique record of the steps in the creation of Picasso's impassioned mural." - San Francisco Chronicle "Fascinating. To follow the protean composition step by step tells more about the process of painting, with its daily interplay of form and psychological demands, than any course in aesthetics.... It is reassuring to observe that the picture remains in the end triumphantly mysterious." - The Observer "The main trend and tendency of the creative process is interpreted by Arnheim with a unique combination of intuition and logical reasoning." - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism "Arnheim's language is clear and simple, the data are organized logically, and there is no superfluous camouflage by words. In addition to these rare qualities in a writer, there is the author's broad knowledge and his grasp of many disciplines, which make the reading of this book stimulating and important." - Art Journal"

About the Author

Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Visual Thinking (UC Press) and Art and Visual Perception (UC Press).

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The Genesis of Guernica 9 Oct 2012
By D. Roper - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in seeing how a painting develops from the very first idea to the final painting, then this is a good book for you. As the sub-head states, the book is "The genesis of a painting."
Rudolf Arnheim illustrates the journey by showing 61 sketches that Picasso made as the painting evolved. Then, there are seven stages of the entire painting as it developed over a period of time. A fold-out reproduction of Guernica is at the end of the book.
Along with the chronological presentation and explanation, Arnheim intellectualizes about each stage. I just rather look at the pictures.
Published by the University of California Press, Berkely, CA, the book is in black and white. Where most of the illustrations are clear, there are some that are not due to the quality of the printing. For example, Arnheim mentions the bird in the painting, which I was unable to see in the fold-out. It's best to have a much better reproduction of the painting to look at as the narrative unfolds.
In all, the book is well worth the small cost.
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