Defined simply, one-liners are drawings in which the artist's drawing implement touches the paper and is not lifted until the drawing is finished. Picasso worked this way in a variety of media, including pencil, pen and ink, brush, and crayon and his subjects included harlequins, musicians, circus scenes, and animals. Each drawing is worth careful study, for by following the vibrant line closely, one's eyes take a wonderful rollercoaster ride.
Along with the "one-liner" art are quotes taken from Picasso's writing, giving full flavor to the influence of the art and the man.
Susan Grace Galassi is the author of Picasso's Variations on the Masters: Confrontations with the Past (Abrams, 1996). She received her Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is currently Associate Curator of The Frick Collection in New York City.