Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

One of The Christian Science Monitor’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2018

When Picasso became Picasso: the story of how an obscure young painter from Barcelona came to Paris and made himself into the most influential artist of the twentieth century.

In 1900, an eighteen-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. It was in this glittering capital of the international art world that, after suffering years of poverty and neglect, he emerged as the… (more)

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While the author genuflects to the artist’s protean talents, he does not spare the man holding the paintbrush. Unger describes Picasso’s whorehouse as “the great battlefield of the human soul, an Armageddon of lust and loathing but also of liberation, the site where our conflicted nature reveals itself in all its anarchic violence.”


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Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 13, 2018)

Collection: Simon & Schuster

Page count: 480 pages

Language: English


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