Pablo Picasso: Picasso the Line

Pablo Picasso: Picasso the Line
Library Shelf Location 18.PICA
Publication Date 2016


  • Published in conjunction with the exhibition Picasso The Line, organized by, and held at, The Menil Collection, Houston, September 16, 2016-January 8, 2017.
  • Includes bibliographical references (page 173).
  • Venue: Catalogue of an exhibition held at The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, from 16 Sept. 2016 to 8 Jan. 2017.


  • Linear Picasso / Carmen Giménez -- The map and the territory: notes on Picasso's cartographic line / David Breslin -- Works of art -- Picasso in the Menil Collection / Clare Elliott.


  • The first comprehensive study of Picasso's mastery of line drawing and its centrality to his artistic process This beautiful new study provides an insightful reevaluation of the role of line in the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Picasso pursued drawing assiduously throughout his career, ranging across media such as pen and pencil, charcoal, and papier colle. This book brings together eighty extraordinary drawings spanning the most important phases of Picasso's career. Contributors discuss the artist's intensive exploration of line in relation to three-dimensional form, both in the context of the European artistic tradition and in analyses of selected works. Drawing emerges as central to the artist's process-a creative process that reveals another facet of Picasso's genius for making art out of the simplest of means. The first in-depth exploration of the artist's line drawings, Picasso The Line conveys how essential these powerful works are within the artist's oeuvre. As Picasso himself stated: "line drawings are the only ones that cannot be imitated."


  • Carmen Gimenez is founder and former director of the Museo Picasso Malaga, Spain. She currently lives in Madrid. David Breslin and Clare Elliott are curators at The Menil Collection.


ISBN 9780300223071
Quantity 1
Pages 175 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 29 cm.
Authors Carmen Giménez, David Breslin, Clare Elliott
Format Hardback
Publisher The Menil Collection, Houston
Related Artist Pablo Picasso
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Drawing, Galleries/Museums/Private Collections
Artist's Nationality Spanish
Language English

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