Picasso Portraits

By Elizabeth Cowling

Depicting people in his intimate circle rather than working to commission enabled Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) to take an expressive, radically experimental approach to making portraits. Co-published with the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, this book examines the contrasting modes of his portraiture (from formal, posed portraits to witty caricatures), his sources of inspiration and the complex motivation behind his defiance of representational norms.

Elizabeth Cowling is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University Of Edinburgh. Her publications include Picasso: Style And Meaning (2002) and Visiting Picasso: The Notebooks and Letters Of Roland Penrose (2006). She has co-curated several exhibitions, including Picasso Sculptor/Painter (1994), Matisse Picasso (2002–3), and Picasso Looks at Degas (2010–11).

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256 pp, 200 illustrations
RRP £35 hardback, £24.95 paperback