978-0-7148-1448-3 / 9780714814483

The Cubist Epoch


Publisher:Phaidon Press Ltd



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Cubism has been one of the most important and influential movements in twentieth-century art. In the eight years between 1906 and 1914, Cubism, and in particular Picasso and Georges Braque, were to change the technique and form of painting radically and forever. Originating in Paris, the movement became of truly international force. Just how emphatically it changed human visual experience can be seen in this book, and in the Exhibition that inspired it. It is now possible to look upon Cubism with the historic perspective of a half-century; yet, fortunately, many of the artists, dealers, writers, and collectors who created and furthered its development are still alive to act as primary documentary sources. Art Historian Douglas Cooper is one of these - a distinguished collector, and a close personal friend of Picasso, Braque, and Leger, on each of whom he has published monographs. During the past twenty years he has prepared exhibitions on Picasso, Braque and Gris for museums in England, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United states. Cubism, in Douglas Cooper's view, aimed to bring reality back to art. A sense of reality had been lost to French painting in the late nineteenth century with Symbolism and Impressionism. the idea of the Cubists was to put a tangible world on a flat, tangible surface - to give the painting itself a richness and density all its own. Douglas Cooper has skillfully brought together (for an Exhibition held first in 1970 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and afterward at the metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the spring of 1971) from the collections of Europe and America, Cubist paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints, to compose a vivid evocation of Cubism as a historic and aesthetic movement. The author's brilliant and illuminating text is accompanied by an unprecedented wealth of visual material - 347 illustrations, 170 in color.

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