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Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Picasso books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Life with Picasso (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFrançoise Gilot was in her early twenties when she met the sixty-one-year-old Pablo Picasso in 1943. Brought up in a well-to-do upper-middle-class family, who had sent her to Cambridge and the Sorbonne and hoped that she would go into law, the young woman defied their wishes and set her sights on being an artist. Her introduction to Picasso led to a friendship, a love affair, and a relationship of ten years, during which Gilot gave birth to Picasso’s two children, Paloma and Claude. Gilot was one of Picasso’s muses; she was also very much her own woman,…
Author(s): Françoise Gilot , Carlton Lake , et al.

2. Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso (2017)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPablo Picasso’s mural Guernica is on display at the 1937 International Exposition. Both sides of the Spanish Civil War quickly realize that the painting contains clues to the whereabouts of the supernatural Spear of Destiny. Its occult power can change the outcome of the Civil War, just as it has done in other battles throughout history. As Paula’s imagination begins to decipher the hidden symbols, Francisco Franco’s secret agents are not far behind her. They are ready to capture the Spear at the most opportune moment, convinced that impulsive Paula will…
Author(s): Mira Canion

3. Cooking for Picasso: A Novel (2017)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIt’s off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who’s slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request—to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he’s secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito. Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life—and for him, art and women are always entwined. The…
Author(s): Camille Aubray

4. A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906 (2007)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfAs he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso’s widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso’s studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work. 800 photos….
Author(s): John Richardson

5. La France en danger et les secrets de Picasso (French Edition) (2017)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPablo Picasso’s mural Guernica is on display during the 1937 International Exposition in Paris. Opposing sides of French politics, Charles de Gaulle and Maréchal Pétain, quickly realize that the painting contains clues to the whereabouts of the supernatural Spear of Destiny. Its occult power can change the outcome of the French Resistance, just as it has done in other conflicts throughout history. As Pauline’s imagination begins to decipher the hidden symbols, Marechal Petain’s secret agents are not far behind her. They are ready to capture the Spear at the most opportune moment, convinced that…
Author(s): Mira Canion, Anny Ewing

6. In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art (2016)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhen the young Pablo Picasso first arrived in Paris in 1900, the most progressive young artists all lived and worked in the seedy hillside quarter of Montmartre, in the shade of the old windmills. Over the next decade, among the studios, salons, cafés, dance halls, and galleries of Montmartre, the young Spaniard joined the likes of Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Gertrude Stein, and many more in revolutionizing artistic expression.   Blending exceptional…
Author(s): Sue Roe

7. Picasso: The Artist and His Muses (2016)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfTaking a fresh approach to discussions around one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses examines the significance of the six women who were most important to Picasso’s artistic development, as well as exploring in depth the notion of the artist/muse relationship. Featuring texts by some of the world’s leading female art writers, this publication covers work that spans most of Picasso’s entire career, from 1906 through to the early 1970s. Focusing on the prominent muses throughout his life—Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter,…
Author(s): Laurence Madeline, Soussloff M Catherine, et al.

8. Draw With Pablo Picasso (2008)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhen I was young I could draw like Raphael, but it has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child. Now you can learn from the master himself. Step by step, line by line we show you how to recreate some of Picasso’s most famous motifs. Through copying and then improvising for yourself, this book will help you to see and appreciate Picasso’s drawings and inspire you to try out many more of your own….
Author(s): Ana Salvador

9. Picasso (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (1984)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFor more than a generation, Gertrude Stein’s Paris home at 27 rue de Fleurus was the center of a glittering coterie of artists and writers, one of whom was Pablo Picasso. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Stein tells us much about the great man (and herself) and offers many insights into the life and art of the 20th century’s greatest painter.Mixing biological fact with artistic and aesthetic comments, she limns a unique portrait of Picasso as a founder of Cubism, an intimate of Appollinaire, Max Jacob, Braque, Derain, and others, and a genius driven by a ceaseless quest to convey his vision of the 20th century. We learn, for…
Author(s): Gertrude Stein

10. A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 (2010)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfNow in paperback: the third volume of John Richardson’s magisterial Life of Picasso.Here is Picasso at the height of his powers in Rome and Naples, producing the sets and costumes with Cocteau for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and visiting Pompei where the antique statuary fuel his obsession with classicism; in Paris, creating some of his most important sculpture and painting as part of a group that included Braque, Apollinaire, Miró, and Breton; spending summers in the South of France in the company of Gerald and Sara Murphy, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. These are the years of his marriage…
Author(s): John Richardson

11. Who Was Pablo Picasso? (2009)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOver a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating it into art. A restless genius, he went through a blue period, a rose period, and a Cubist phase. He made collages, sculptures out of everyday objects, and beautiful ceramic plates. True Kelley’s engaging biography is a wonderful introduction to modern art….
Author(s): True Kelley

12. A Life of Picasso: The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916 (2007)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIn The Cubist Rebel, 1907–1916, the second volume of his Life of Picasso, John Richardson reveals the young Picasso in the Baudelairean role of “the painter of modern life”—a role that stipulated the brothel as the noblest subject for a modern artist. Hence his great breakthrough painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, with which this book opens. As well as portraying Picasso as a revolutionary, Richardson analyzes the more compassionate side of his genius. The misogynist of posthumous legend turns out to have been surprisingly vulnerable—more often sinned against than sinning….
Author(s): John Richardson

13. Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children) (2007)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfSylvette is a shy little girl, but her neighbor happens to be the artist Pablo Picasso. Attracted by Sylvettes classical facial profile and her lovely ponytail hair style, Picasso convinces her to overcome her shyness and pose for a series of artworks. These drawings, paintings, and sculptures soon become world famous, and encouraged to abandon her shyness, Sylvette herself begins a career as a fine artist. This is a title in Barrons Anholts Artists Books for Children series, in which author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memorable and sometimes…
Author(s): Laurence Anholt

14. History’s Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Pablo Picasso (2013)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf*Includes pictures of more than 25 of Picasso’s most famous works, including an explanation of his techniques and influences. *Includes pictures of Picasso and important people in his life. *Explains the artistic influences and legacy of Picasso’s life and art. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. “Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don’t they try to understand the song of the birds? Why do they love a night, a flower, everything which surrounds man, without attempting to understand them? Whereas where painting is concerned, they want to understand. Let them…
Author(s): Charles River Editors

15. Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection (2018)

 Best Picasso Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfEvocative and often highly erotic works on paper by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso are presented along with new details about Scofield Thayer (1889–1982), the unusual and complicated man who collected them. Thayer was a wealthy publisher, poet, and aesthete who led an intense public life that included the editorship of the prominent literary journal The Dial and friendships with literary luminaries such as e. e. cummings. In the 1920s, Thayer went on an art-buying spree in London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, acquiring…
Author(s): James Dempsey, Sabine Rewald

Best Picasso Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some picasso books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Life with Picasso

Author(s): Françoise Gilot; Carlton Lake
ID: 2399133, Publisher: New York Review of Books, Year: 2019, Size: 26 Mb, Format: epub

Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

Author(s): Miles J. Unger
ID: 2197457, Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Year: 2018, Size: 48 Mb, Format: epub

Problems in Quantum Mechanics: with Solutions

Author(s): Emilio d'Emilio, Luigi E. Picasso
ID: 1676734, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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