Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings & Sculpture: Spanish Civil War, 1937-1939.

San Francisco, Calif.: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 2013. Recent publications. 2nd edition. 9-1/8 x 12-1/4 inches. 23 x 31 cm. Cloth in dust jacket. 304 pages. 666 works described and reproduced. 8 color plates. This second edition of Spanish Civil War is published in January 2013. There are now 304 pages as opposed to 288 pages in the first edition of 1997, with 8 new color plates. There are many corrections, additions and revisions. The military uprising against the socialist Popular Front “Republican” government in Spain begins in July of 1936. The Republican government makes Picasso the honorary director of the Prado in September, one month before his 55th birthday and just two months before the museum is bombed by the “Nationalist” Franco forces and evacuated. During the first quarter of the year in Paris, Picasso primarily paints portraits of his lover Marie Thérèse; still-lifes, often with a pitcher; sharp edged morphic studies and portraits of Dora Maar. In April he sketches an artist and model series and a minotaur in a still-life. On April 26, 1937 the German allies of the Nationalists destroy the Basque town of Guernica. Picasso begins working immediately on his own Guernica project that same afternoon, forgoing his typical weekend, spent with Marie Thérèse and their 20-month-old daughter, Maya. During May and early June, Picasso creates 53 studies and paintings for Guernica, culminating in the final version on June 4. During June and July in Paris, Picasso draws and paints a series of weeping women one of which is the woman from Guernica. He spends the summer in Mougins, painting portraits of his female companions, Nusch Eluard and Lee Miller as a surreal L’Arlésienne. There are also distorted images of a woman with a harlot-like grin. During the fall in Paris, Picasso paints two-sided views of his new lover Dora Maar; a series of weeping women; and of Marie Thérèse. By October, all of northern Spain has fallen to the Nationalists. In March, Picasso begins a series of two-sided views of a woman with prominent nostrils and continues these in April and May. During the summer in Mougins, he creates a series of a male with lollipop and ice cream cones. During the fall in Paris, Picasso paints a still-life with a bull and artist’s palette, in which the bull seems to be the artist. In January, 1939, there are two-sided profiles of a woman, mainly Marie Thérèse, reclining on her elbow and then reclining full-length. A woman in a chair appears on January 21 and this motif continues through March. The still-life with the pitcher or bull’s head reappears. The Spanish Civil War ends on April 1, 1939, with the victory of the Franco Nationalists. Tens of thousands of Republicans flee to France and North Africa. The celebrated painting Night Fishing in Antibes is Picasso’s last work before the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 and the beginning of WWII. Item #13-1230

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