The human form was always a central motif in Picasso's work. The vast range of his artistic styles reflects the metamorphosis that the human form has undergone during the last 100 years. This volume presents 150 outstanding works on paper from the most famous museums and collections in the world. It also provides a unique overview of the artist's work, underlining Picasso's dramatic influence on the development of art throughout the whole of the 20th century.
The stages of Picasso's development are traced from his early works, still rooted in academic tradition, through his blue and red periods, to the turning point brought about by the evolution of Cubism. A return to traditional vision and contact with Antique and Roman classicism ushered in a series of paintings and drawings of monumental female nudes, and paved the way for the multiplicity of styles he adopted in later years. This exceptional overview of Picasso's oeuvres on paper not only shows works from the world's top museums, but also from many private collections in Europe and America, including the Berggruen Collection, Berlin, Angela Rosengart, Lucerne, and the collections held by Claude and Bernard Picasso. Many of these masterpieces are published here for the first time.