Pablo Picasso. Women, Bullfights, Old Masters. Prints and Drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin
Pablo Picasso's graphic work brings his recurring subjects together in a uniquely compact way. Created over seven decades, this artwork is one of the most important graphic collections of the twentieth century. Over the seven decades of Pablo Picasso's artistic career, there were subjects to which he returned again and again. These include women, bulls, and the Old Masters as well as political and literary themes, circus people, mythical creatures, and interiors. In order to further explore his changing personal perspective on these subjects, this large format, 300-page book showcases Pablo Picasso's graphic work in chapters structured according to these recurring themes. Women, Bulls, Old Masters presents 200 graphic prints, lithographs, drawings, and collages from Pablo Picasso's artistic beginnings in the early 1960s. Ranging from black and white to colorful, the artwork represents his various styles from classic to cubistic to surrealistic. the included texts not only examine the work in a historical context, but also reevaluate it from a contemporary point of view. This book juxtaposes a selection of Pablo Picasso's graphic works with the classical paintings that inspired them. The visual dialogue that results reveals interesting parallels and the clear influence of Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Cranach, and Goya on Picasso's work. Women, Bulls, Old Masters is rounded out by a biographic chronology, a detailed list of Pablo Picasso's artworks, and a bibliography. The book is edited by Dr. Anita Beloubek-Hammer, curator at the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin. In 1912, the Kupferstichkabinett became one of the first museums to acquire an artwork by Pablo Picasso. Today it holds one of the world's most important collections of his graphic work.