Author(s): Anne Baldassari
Picasso's "Les Demoiselles dAvignon" (Museum of Modern Art, New York) dubbed by Pierre Daix as the first painting in modern art represents a milestone in the history of art. Picasso's radical break with tradition was to be a decisive influence on modern visual art. Only after this painting did Picasso, together with Braque, feel able to launch into the Cubist adventure which literally splintered the visual realm; it was to change the face of painting forever by creating a new visual language and an original perspective on the world.
"The book is splendidly illustrated and the images alone make it valuable. Not only are there 400 color plates and a number of early photographs of the artist's studio, but the various chapters are preceded by more than a dozen full-page, enlarged details." Artblog.com
Anne Baldassari, Director of the Musee 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).