Picasso: Fifty-Five Years of His Graphic Work

Picasso: Fifty-Five Years of His Graphic Work

Picasso: Fifty-Five Years of His Graphic Work

Picasso: Fifty-Five Years of His Graphic Work

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When Picasso talks about his life - which is not often - it is mostly to recall a forgotten episode or a unique experience. It is not usual for him to dwell upon the past because he prefers to be engaged in the present: all his thoughts and aspirations spring from immediate experience. It is on his works - and not least his graphic work - therefore, that we should concentrate in order to learn most about him. A study of his etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts reveals him in the most personal and intimate aspect. I cannot have a print of his in my hand without feeling the artist's presence, as if he himself were with me in the room, talking, laughing, revealing his joys and sufferings. Daniel Henry Kahnweiler once said: "With Picasso, art is never mere rhetoric, his work is inseparable from his life . . . . It is a confession to mankind." ( Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, Pablo Picasso, Radierungen und Lithographien, 1905-1951, Munich 1952.)

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