Through the Eyes of Picasso: Face to Face with African and Oceanic Art
Through artistic endeavors, photographs, and writings, this volume explores Picasso’s fascination with tribal art and the influences he again and again drew upon for his own oeuvre.
“African art? I don’t comprehend it.” With this provocative tone, Picasso tried to deny his relationship with art from outdoor of Europe. On the other hand, through hundreds of archival documents and photographs, this volume illustrates how tribal art from Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Asia used to be a recurring source of inspiration for the artist.
Side-by-side comparisons illustrate the links between Picasso’s oeuvre and diverse tribal arts. In both, we discover the similar themes—nudity, sexuality, impulses, death, and more—in conjunction with parallel artistic expressions of those themes—such as disfiguration or destruction of the body. The quantity is completed with a chronology of the relevant works and photographs of the artist in his studio.
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