A Day with Picasso

A Day with Picasso

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Best Critical Study, 1998 Golden Light Book Awards sponsored by the Maine Photographic Workshops In 1978, while collecting documentary photographs of the artists' community in Montparnasse from the first decades of the century, Billy Kluver discovered that some previously unassociated photographs fell into significant groupings. One group in particular, showing Picasso, Max Jacob, Moise Kisling, Modigliani, and others at the Cafe de la Rotonde and on Boulevard du Montparnasse, all seemed to have been taken on the same day. Biographical research led Kluver to focus on the summer of 1916 as the likely time the photos were taken. Further investigation eventually allowed him to identify the photographer as Jean Cocteau and to determine the day that Cocteau had taken the photographs: August 12, 1916. In a tour de force of art historical research, Kluver then reconstructed a scenario of the events of the four hours depicted in the photographsa€”and re-created a single afternoon in the lives of Picasso and friends, a group of remarkable people in early-twentieth-century Paris.Your camera is hidden in the gas mask box a€” Ita#39;s a trick that everybody uses and thwarts the eyes of the colonel.aquot;8 Prints of his photographs were being sent back to Cocteau at the front and he decided to make an album of them, anbsp;...

Title:A Day with Picasso
Author:Billy Klüver, Jean Cocteau
Publisher:MIT Press - 1999-02


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