Picasso's Collection of African and Oceanic Art

Picasso's Collection of African and Oceanic Art : Masters of Metamorphosis

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Although he never set foot in Africa, Picasso had a passion for African art. Throughout the course of his life, he assembled a unique collection of statues and masks. Comprising more than 120 objects, Picasso's private collection can now be found in museums in Paris such as the Louvre, Musee Quai Branly and the Musee Picasso, as well as in the private collections of members of Picasso's family. This beautiful book documents the entire collection and examines it as a whole. It features documentary photographs, a section of stunning colour plates, and detailed ethnographic descriptions of each piece, providing a full account of Picasso's relationship with African and Oceanic art. This important publication sheds new light on the fascination non-Western art held for one of twentieth century's most important artists.
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  • Hardback | 136 pages
  • 225 x 280 x 23.11mm | 1,347.17g
  • Munich, Germany
  • English, Spanish
  • 136 colour, 130 black & white illustrations
  • 3791336916
  • 9783791336916
  • 1,598,785

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'...an illuminating and handsome book, copiously illustrated with fascinating original documents and excellent colour reproductions...''... a convenient and also essential reference tool for anyone interested in this important subject.''... an invaluable and also entertaining guide.''... this book not only investigates Picasso's response to tribal art with unusual thoroughness, but also reopens the larger question of the artist's 'primitivism'.'The Burlington Magazine, June 2007
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About Peter Stepan

Peter Stepan is an art-historian specialising in Western and African art. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Spirits Speak: A Celebration of African Masks (Prestel).
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