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The Picasso Project is a chronological illustrated catalogue of the master's works. Most of the volumes are illustrated in black in white, however those since 2009 also have color plates. Co-directed by Picasso scholar Herschel Chipp until his death, the project reproduces and describes all the paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sculpture as well as the graphics produced from the first extant work in 1889 to 1973. The first volumes appeared 1995, beginning with the post-Cubist work of 1917. The subsequent volumes continue until the artist's final year, 1973. The project then went back to the beginning of Picasso's career, covering the early years in Spain. Until 1995 the catalogue most frequently cited had been Christian Zervos's opus, the first volume of which appeared in 1932. While Zervos and his successor Mila Gagarine added supplements to the original editions as new works by Picasso were documented, no revisions have been made since 1978. The Picasso Project reproduces and describes many works that are not in the Zervos catalogues. 

The Picasso Project benefits from its chronological arrangement: grouping the works together by date and place allows the variations, sequences, and developments to be seen. The chronological arrangement also demonstrates how Picasso drew from life and his imagination, with inspiration from other artists ranging from El Greco to Velazquez to Goya to Manet as well as from his contemporaries. Each volume contains an extensive chronology of Picasso's life during the subject period, referencing the illustrations that follow. Large enough for identification and easy to thumb through, the reproductions are placed three or four to a page and are all approximately the same size. The volumes themselves measure 9-1/8 x 12-14 inches (232 x 311mm.).

Each entry includes the work's title in English, French and/or Spanish, and for the early years in Spain, Catalan. The entries include the date, medium and the dimensions. There are concordances to the main standard catalogues including Zervos, the Musée Picasso, Paris and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona. There are references to contemporary catalogues of note, as well as references to selected auctions. The catalogue numbers for each work are easily followed (with the first 4 digits indicating the year), and the running heads provide location and season (e.g., "Paris, Winter, 1920"). 

For their authoritativeness, organization, and completeness, The Picasso Project catalogues are invaluable to collectors, students, curators and researchers on Picasso and 20th-century art, and should be made available in art schools, comprehensive collections and specialist art book libraries.

The final volumes to complete the series, covering the years 1907-1916, will be released in the next few years. The Rose Period  and Complete Linoleum Cuts were published in June 2012 and the African Period and Cubism volumes will appear in 2013-14. 

For the standard catalogues of the graphic works, The Picasso Project has revised both the catalogues of Georges Bloch and Fernand Mourlot and published the most complete catalogue of the Linocuts in June 2012.

For a updated list of corrections to past Picasso Project volumes, please visit the Picasso Project Errata page.

Click here to order from the entire list of available Picasso Project catalogues, as shown below:

Volume Title Years ISBN Publication Date
Youth in Spain I
Youth in Spain II
Turn of the Century
The Blue Period
The Rose Period
The African Period *
Analytic Cubism *
Synthetic Cubism *
From Cubism to Neoclassicism
Neoclassicism I
Neoclassicism II
Toward Surrealism
Surrealism
Spanish Civil War
Europe at War
Nazi Occupation
Liberation and Post-War Years
The Fifties I
The Fifties II
The Sixties I
The Sixties II
The Sixties III
The Final Years
1889-1897
1897-1900
1900-1901
1902-1904
1905-1906
1907-1909
1909-1912
1912-1917
1917-1919
1920-1921
1922-1924
1925-1929
1930-1936
1937-1939
1939-1940
1940-1944
1944-1949
1950-1955
1956-1959
1960-1963
1964-1967
1968-1969
1970-1973
1-55660-321-5
1-55660-322-3
1-55660-323-1
1-55660-327-4
1-55660-328-2
1-55660-330-4
1-55660-331-2
1-55660-332-0
1-55660-230-8
1-55660-231-6
1-55660-232-4
1-55660-233-2
1-55660-234-0
1-55660-262-6
1-55660-334-7
1-55660-333-9
1-55660-237-5
1-55660-301-0
1-55660-302-9
1-55660-303-7
1-55660-304-5
1-55660-313-4
1-55660-305-3
2008
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
1995 - Reprinted, 2007
1995 - Reprinted, 2007
1996 - Reprinted, 2007
1996 - Reprinted, 2007
1997 - Revised, 2009
1997 - 2nd edition, 2013
1998 - 2nd edition, 2013
1999 - 2nd edition, 2013
2000
2000
2001
2001
2002
2002
2003
The Graphic Work
The Printed Graphic Work (Revised Bloch II)
The Printed Graphic Work (Revised Bloch IV)
The Lithographic Work (Revised Mourlot I & II)
The Lithographic Work (Revised Mourlot III & IV)
The Complete Linoleum Cuts
     
  * = Forthcoming
1966-1969
1970-1972
1919-1949
1949-1969
1939-1968
 
 
1-55660-315-0
1-55660-316-9
1-55660-324-X
1-55660-325-8
1-55660-329-0
 
 
2004
2004
2009
2009
2012
 
 

 
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