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5.0 out of 5 stars exhibition catalogue, 27 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Picasso: Mediterranean Years (1945-1961) (Hardcover)
Although this is essentially the catalogue of the recent exhibition it is unusual in that it contains high quality illustrations of, as far as I can tell, all the works exhibited.

This exhibition was notable as it showed the works Picasso produced during the period without imposing some kind if questionable curatorial thesis. Although I have seen many Picasso works in many different locations ranging from exhibitions to dedicated museums I have never seen the nuanced development of his thinking so clearly before. In the book the developmental sketches and notes are beautifully illustrated and has for me thrown a completely new light on his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea, sun , love and art, 8 Oct 2010
This review is from: Picasso: Mediterranean Years (1945-1961) (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful book that documents one of Picasso's most creative periods, the years between 1946 and 1962, when he would move from one residence to another, from Vallauris to Vauvenargues (at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire)and Cannes on the French Riviera which, back in 1923, he had contributed to transform into a fashionable tourist destination along with the American dandy couple Sara and Gerald Murphy (the very same couple who presumably inspired Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night). It is also the catalogue for an exhibition held in the London outpost of the Gagosian Gallery.

The book starts with a biographical essay by John Richardson, a brilliant complement to the already published three volumes of his monumental Picasso biography. Then come the numerous colour plates of the works in the exhibition (paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings), all of which do justice to the incredibly creative outburst experienced by Picasso during that period. A very interesting essay follows that tackles the artist's sculptures and ceramics and the way he revolutionized both arts.

The book ends with an account of the complicated relationship Picasso maintained with the "court-jester" laureate poet Jean Cocteau who, admittedly, was in love with the great master (a feeling obviously not reciprocated by the notoriously womanizing artist). All throughout the book many previously unpublished photographs of Picasso in his various Mediterranean surroundings add to the very high overall quality of this publication.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picasso:Mediterranean Years 1945-61, 18 Sep 2010
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An absolute masterpiece by Picasso's main biographer, John Richardson, who was also the curator of the exhibition at the Gagosian gallery. Regardless of whether you saw the exhibition which I did twice, all Picasso's fans need to have this work in their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piccaso: Mediterranean years., 20 Dec 2010
This review is from: Picasso: Mediterranean Years (1945-1961) (Hardcover)
This is a lavishly produced 'catalogue' of Picasso's work from 1945-1961 with a forceful and insightful introduction by John Richardson no less, with superb duo-tone and colour printing which give it a richly exclusive feel with a generous range of photographs of his intimate world and reproductions of an astonishing range of inventive and challenging work. A weighty, exquisitely produced book supplemented by a series of scholarly essays including extracts from the diaries of Jean Cocteau 1951-57. This is a must have book for anyone with an appreciation on Picasso and art of the 20th century.
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