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Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn

Jozefacka, Anna, with Lauren Rosati
112 pages
72 illustrations
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In 1910, Pablo Picasso began a series of 11 decorative paintings intended for the Brooklyn residence of American artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field. This publication is the first in-depth examination of this commission which, despite never being completed, offers new insights into a little-known chapter in Picasso’s art that coincided with a critical moment in the development of Cubism. Based on new research, including letters and archival material from both Picasso and Field, this book shows how the unrealized commission challenged Picasso to move beyond easel painting and adapt Cubist forms to an immersive aesthetic experience. Authors investigate the progression of Cubist ideas and show how Picasso used Easter Field’s proposal as a place of experimentation by both subverting and paying homage to decorative painting traditions. Published to coincide with Celebration Picasso, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s death, this compact volume provides a compelling look at what might have been, as well as a fascinating portrait of art and patronage in the early twentieth century.

Allegorical Figure Representing Grammar, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Workshop Italian, Fresco, transferred to canvas
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Girolamo Mengozzi (called Colonna)
Standing Female Nude, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Ink on white wove paper
Pablo Picasso
Cadaqués, summer 1910
Standing Female Nude, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Charcoal on paper
Pablo Picasso
Standing Woman, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Ink, charcoal dipped in oil, and gouache on two sheets of off-white wove paper
Pablo Picasso
Sorgues, summer 1912
Pipe Rack and Still Life on a Table, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Oil and charcoal on canvas
Pablo Picasso

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Picasso, Pablo, Anna Jozefacka, and Lauren Rosati. 2023. Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.