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  • Editors: Gary Tinterow and Susan Alyson Stein
  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 376
  • Illustrations: 663 in full color and black-and-white
  • Binding: Clothbound, with jacket
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 12''
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780300155259



Edited by Gary Tinterow and Susan Alyson Stein; Essays and entries by Magdalena Dabrowski, Lisa M. Messinger, Asher Ethan Miller, Marla Prather, Rebecca A. Rabinow, Sabine Rewald, Samantha Rippner, and Gary Tinterow; Technical notes by Lucy Belloli, Shawn Digney-Peer, Isabelle Duvernois, Rachel Mustalish, and Kendra Roth

This landmark publication presents for the first time a comprehensive catalogue of the works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 18811973) in the Metropolitan Museum. Comprising 34 paintings, 58 drawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramics, and more than four hundred prints, the collection reflects the full breadth of the artists multi-sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career. Notable for its remarkable constellation of early figure paintings, which include the commanding At the Lapin Agile (1905) and the iconic portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906), the Museums collection also stands apart for its exceptional cache of drawings, which despite their importance and number remain relatively little known.

The key subjects that variously sustained Picassos interestthe pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, faceted tabletops of his Cubist years, classicizing bathers and dreaming nudes of the 1920s and 30s, and the rakish musketeers of his maturity are amply represented by works ranging in date from a dashing self-portrait in watercolor of 1900 to the fanciful image he painted of himself as a faun more than a half-century later.

An overview of the collections history; entries on nearly one hundred works that incorporate the latest technical and documentary findings and furnish a full record of the provenance, exhibition history,and references for each object; and an essay and illustrated checklist of the prints are also included in this illuminating and handsomely illustrated volume.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

highly important catalogue which provides a detailed history of each work in the show.
The New York Times

long after the show has closed this volume will stand as a remarkable guide to a glorious collection.
The New Republic

remarkable on every level: in the quality and importance of art, in the intelligence and originality of the epoch of thesis and themes, in the psychological and aesthetic implications of the Picasso story. It balances poignantly the visual and the verbal in artistic cadences rarely seen in an age of excesses.
Asia Intelligence Wire: The Economic Times

Researchers examining the history of specific Picasso works in the Met's collection will find this book most useful, although this catalogue will also interest general readers.

The catalogues strength, its usefulness to Picasso scholars and its sheer length, lies in the depth and range of cross-departmental co-operation that brings in entries from eight curators, five conservators, five research scientists, and a further eight researchers."
Burlington Magazine

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