Picasso, The Photographer’s gaze
Picasso, as his friend Man Ray had already written in the journal Cahiers d’Art in 1937, had a fruitful and complex relationship with the camera whose analysis became possible after 1992, when the artist’s heirs donated part of his photographic archive to the French State. It has taken years to organise and study the vast amount of material in this legacy since Anne Baldassari, conservator of the Musée national Picasso-Paris, first started in the mid-1990s to conduct in-depth research on the black and white images making up the museum’s holdings.

They include not only pictures by renowned photographers who immortalised the painter (like Brassaï, René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, David Douglas Duncan, Herbert List, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Arnold Newman and Edward Quinn, among others), but also a large number taken by Picasso himself, sometimes to record his pictorial motifs or document the creative process, other times to portray himself as the indisputable sovereign of his kingdom, the studio, and to consolidate the ideal of the modern artist, and yet others to leave a record of his intimate life, his friends and acquaintances, and his human dimension.

Picasso, the Photographer’s Gaze presents a selection of these with a view to illustrating the artist’s complex relationship with photographic representation. Together with this outstanding set of exhibits, we also present a compilation of the best photos in our archives, taken by Lucien Clergue, Michel Sima and David Douglas Duncan, among others, together with two lesser-known series by Nick de Morgoli and Leopoldo Pomés, on loan from private collections, which record their encounters with the artist in his studios on Rue des Grands-Augustins and La Californie.

Títol: Picasso, The Photographer’s gaze

Authors: Emmanuel Guigon, Violeta Andrés, Anne de Mondenard, Malén Gual, Eduard Vallès, Guillaume Ingert, Laura Couvreur, Laurence Madeline

Year: 2019

Pages: 248 p.

Languages: Catalan / French and Castilian / English

Format: 21,5 x 28 cm

Publisher: Fundació Museu Picasso de Barcelona / La Fábrica
ISBN: Catalan/French: 978-84-948685-8-0
(ISBN La Fábrica: 978-84-17769-15-4)
Castilian/English: 978-84-948685-9-7
(ISBN La Fábrica: 978-84-17769-16-1)

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