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Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection

Braun, Emily and Rebecca Rabinow eds.
392 pages
280 illustrations
10 x 12 in.
AAMC Award for Excellence, First Place Catalogue/Publication category (2014)
Henry Allen Moe Prize, Winner (2015)
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This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of Cubism through twenty-two essays that explore the most significant private holding of Cubist art in the world today, the Leonard A. Lauder Collection, now a promised gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The eighty works featured in this volume—by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso‐are among the most important and visually arresting in the movement’s history. These masterpieces, critical to the development of Cubism, include such groundbreaking paintings as Braque’s Trees at L’Estaque, considered one of the very first Cubist pictures; Picasso’s Still Life with Fan: “L’Indépendant,” one of the first to introduce typography; Gris’s noirish, uncanny The Man at the Café, one of his most celebrated collages; and Léger’s uniquely ambitious Composition (The Typographer). Written by renowned experts on this subject, the essays trace the evolution of Cubism from its origins in the still lifes, portraits, and collages of Braque and Picasso through the precisely delineated compositions by Gris that prefigure the Synthetic Cubism of the war years to Léger’s distinctive intersections of spherical, cylindrical, and cubic forms that evoke the syncopated rhythms of modern life. Also included are a fascinating interview in which Leonard Lauder discusses his approach to collecting, an investigative essay on the information gleaned from the backs of the works themselves, and an authoritative catalogue that further establishes the lives of these magnificent objects. A publication to place alongside the great histories of Modernism, this comprehensive book will stand as the resource for understanding Cubism for many years to come.

View of Toledo, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)  Greek, Oil on canvas
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
ca. 1599–1600
Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso
Still Life with Checked Tablecloth, Juan Gris  Spanish, Oil and graphite on canvas
Juan Gris
Paris, spring 1915
Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220 (Allegro Maestoso), Paul Signac  French, Oil on canvas
Paul Signac
The Village, Fernand Léger  French, Oil on canvas
Fernand Léger
Queen Nefertari Playing Senet, Nina de Garis Davies, Tempera on paper
Nina de Garis Davies
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
The Card Players, Paul Cézanne  French, Oil on canvas
Paul Cézanne

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Braun, Emily, and Rebecca A. Rabinow. 2014. Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.