In the world of art, Cubism was nothing less than revolutionary, representing a paradigm shift in the way artists perceived the world, and incontestably one of the most influential movements in art history. To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Picasso’s seminal work Les Demoiselles d’Avigon, leading Picasso scholars and art historians assess its legacy and the extraordinary influence of Picasso’s Cubism on the development of twentieth-century art.
Anne Baldassari, Director of the Musée Picasso in Paris, is the author of many books published by Flammarion, including Picasso and Photography (1997), The Surrealist Picasso (2005), Bacon–Picasso (2005), and Picasso: Life with Dora Maar (2006). Pierre Daix is France’s foremost specialist on Cubism. Journalist, writer, and friend of Picasso, he has written several books on the subject.
Pepe Karmel is Professor of Art History at New York University. He is author of Picasso and the Invention of Cubism (2003). Irving Lavin is a professor at the School of Historical Studies at Princeton. He is one of America’s most eminent art historians and author of the definitive work Past-Present: Essays on Historicism in Art from Donatello to Picasso (1993). Jean-Claude Lebensztejn was a professor of Art History at the University of Paris Sorbonne, the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard.
Leo Steinberg is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion (University of Chicago Press, 1997).
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