Picasso, the Formative Years: A Study of His Sources

Picasso, the Formative Years: A Study of His Sources

Picasso, the Formative Years: A Study of His Sources

Picasso, the Formative Years: A Study of His Sources

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The origin of this book is the thesis written by Miss Phoebe Pool under my supervision, for which she was awarded the Degree of Ph.D. in 1959. When it was submitted, Mr Lawrence Gowing, who was one of the referees, suggested that much of the material which it contained could best be presented in the form of a picture book with a long introduction. The latter would treat the literary background against which Picasso grew up, and the former would illustrate by means of visual parallels the sources on which he drew. The purpose of this analysis is not to demonstrate that Picasso was a plagiarist but on the contrary to show that, like all the great artists of the past, he has nourished his imagination by studying material of the most varied kind, out of which he has made something wholly new and original. Seen in this way, Picasso is a great traditionalist as well as a great revolutionary.The introduction is entirely the work of Miss Pool, but the selection of illustrations and the captions are the result of collaboration between the two authors.We should like to express our sincere gratitude to Sefior de Sucre, who supplied information about Picasso's early life in Barcelona and helped in tracking down works by his early friends; to Señor Blasco Ferrer, who provided photographs of unpublished works of Nonell in his possession, and to the O'Hana Galleries for their photographs of Picasso's drawings. Professor George Zarnecki photographed a number of plates in Catalan periodicals not available in this country; Mr Douglas Cooper kindly read the text and made many valuable suggestions; and Mr John Richardson called our attention to an important unpublished drawing by Picasso (illus. 7). We should like to thank them all very heartily. ANTHONY BLUNT

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