Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Miles J. Unger
Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2018
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Overview

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 centuryIn 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 leader of a bohemian band of painters, sculptors, and poets. Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world.For most of these years Picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre. Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life.Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. In 1906, Picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul C├ęzanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself. The painting proved so shocking that even his friends assumed he'd gone mad. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in twentieth-century art.This is the story of an artistic genius with a singular creative gift. It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world's most captivating city. A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week.

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Written by Jane L. on July 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Just loved this An insight into a period of art I knew little about Wonderful and redolent I dare you not to love it

Author Details

Author Details

Unger, Miles J.

Miles J. Unger writes on art, books, and culture for the Economist. Formerly the managing editor of Art New England, he was a contributing writer to the New York Times. He is the author of The Watercolors of Winslow Homer; Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici; Machiavelli: A Biography; and Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces.