Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9781905422913 Published November 2008 World sales rights except India


Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein

Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein

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Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein

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Edited by Laurence Madeline.  Translated by Lorna Scott Fox
390 pages | 8 x 9 | © 2008
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9781905422913 Published November 2008 World sales rights except India
Pablo Picasso was one of the most prodigious and revolutionary artists in the history of Western painting.  Gertrude Stein was an avant-garde American writer, art collector, eccentric and self-styled genius.  Her Paris home was the leading salon for artists and writers between the Wars.  Picasso painted Stein's portrait and they became firm friends.
Their correspondence extends across a time of extraordinary social and political change, between 1906 and 1944, effectively from the Belle Epoque to the German Occupation of the Second World War.  Both wrote in French -- a language neither ever entirely mastered.
Written as letters, cards and scribbled notes, their intimate correspondence touches lightly on both the weighty and the everyday -- holidays, money, dinner invitations, art, family, lovers, travel arrangements, how work goes, or the war.
The correspondence has been carefully edited and is presented by period, each introduced with an outline of significant personal and historical events of the time.  Explanatory notes to the letters are rich in background detail.  The volume also features photographs, facsimiles of postcards and letters as well as sketches, drawings and paintings by Picasso.
Linda Simon | Georgia Review
"A triumph of scholarship. Editor Laurence Madeline provides scrupulous annotation, drawing upon memoirs, biographies, cultural histories, and other people's letters; the book is beautifully illustrated with photograhs, manuscripts, works of art, and reproductions of postcards. . . . Although both Stein and Picasso have been written about extensively, this volume is fresh, rich, and engrossing."
A Note on Sources
Translator's Preface
List of Illustrations and Photograph Credits
The Letters
   The Painter and His Patrons
   The Painter and The Writer
   Their Different Wars
   The Road to Belley
   The End of a Friendship
Appendix: Undated Documents
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