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Undergraduate Course: Twentieth-Century Picasso (HIAR10129)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPicasso is one of the most widely exhibited and widely discussed artists in the history of modern art. This course offers the opportunity to study the whole of Picasso¿s career against the wider context of themes and problems in the study of modernism. Seminars follow a broadly chronological structure, treating the history of Picasso¿s own art alongside the work of other artists, poets, and theorists in France, Britain and the USA. Each week will begin with a short presentation by the module teacher (A), followed by one or two fifteen-minute presentations by students on topics/texts (B) examining the wider context against which Picasso¿s work can be understood. A special visit to SNGMA to look at works by Picasso on display or in store, and to look at selected items from the Gabriele Keiller archive, will be arranged.
Course description Weeks:
1. A. Making it: International Artists in Paris before 1914 (Salons, Exhibitions and Dealers)
B. Matisse and Fauvism; Severini and Futurism

2. A. Poets and Painters: The Invention of Cubism and the Rise of Modern Art
B. Delaunay, Leger and Gris

3. A. Reconstructing reality: Cubist Collage and Construction
B. The Readymade: Duchamp

4. A. Returning to Order: Classicism and Cubism at the end of the First World War
B. The Breasts of Tiresias and the Ballet Parade

5. A. Picasso and Surrealism
B. André Breton¿s ¿Surrealism and Painting¿; Georges Bataille, ¿The Lugubriuos Game¿ and ¿Rotten Sun¿

6. A.¿Art nègre?¿ Picasso and Modernist Primitivism
B. Surrealism and non-Western Art

7. A. War Music: Art, Poetry and Philosophy from Guernica to the German Occupation
B. Political Art? Dream and Lie of Franco, Guernica

8. A. Picasso Abroad (exhibitions and magazines)
B. Bacon, Moore and Sutherland; Smith, Pollock and De Kooning

9. A. Politics, Peace and Freedom: Communist Modernism 1944-1955
B. Picasso Povera: Ceramics and Found Sculptures

10. A. Returns to Painting: Postmodern Picasso?
B. Two Exhibitions: A New Spirit in Painting; Late Picasso
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate verbally and in writing a broad knowledge of the work and career of Pablo Picasso in a variety of media.
  2. Identify the relationships between Picasso's career and works to that of artists and others who worked in the same period.
  3. Present their ideas clearly and succinctly to their peers using both oral and visual means of communication.
  4. Conduct independent library research in the field of modern art in support of written work.
  5. Engage with original works of art by Picasso and his peers first hand and have considered what can be learnt from this experience.
Reading List
Selected Bibliography

Brigitte Baer, Picasso peintre-graveur tome 1-VII, Kornfeld: Bern,
Marie-Laure Bernadac and Christine Piot, eds. Picasso: Ecrits, RMN/Gallimard: Paris
Pierre Daix, The Cubist Years, 1907-1916, London: Thames and Hudson, 1979
Pierre Daix and Joan Rosselet, Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods: A Catalogue Raisonné 1900-1906, London: Evelyn, Adams and Mackay, 1967
Arnold and Marc Glimcher, Je Suis le Cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso, New York: Pace Gallery, 1986
Sebastian Goeppert, Picasso: The Illustrated Books, Cramer: Geneva, 1983
Brigitte Léal (ed.), Picasso Carnets, 2 vols, Paris: RMN, 1996
Fernand Mourlot, Picasso lithographe, Andre Sauret: Monte Carlo, 1970
Werner Spies in collaboration with Christine Piot, Picasso, the Sculptures, Catalogue Raisonné, Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2000
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris: Cahiers d¿Art, 1949-

Some other useful works

Dore Ashton (ed.), Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views, London: Thames and Hudson, 1972
Anne Baldassari, Picasso and Photography: The Dark Mirror, Paris: Flammarion, 1997
James Beechey and Christopher Stephens (eds.), Picasso and Modern British Art, London: Tate, 2012
Elizabeth Cowling, Picasso: Style and Meaning, London: Phaidon, 2002
Elizabeth Cowling and John Golding, Picasso: Sculptor/Painter, London: Tate, 1994
Elizabeth Cowling and Jennifer Mundy (eds.) On Classic Ground: Picasso, Léger and the New Classicism, London: Tate, 1990
Christopher Green, Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo, London: Yale, 2005
Christopher Green, Life and Death in Picasso, Still Life/Figure, c.1907-1933, London: Thames and Hudson, 2009
Pepe Karmel, Picasso and the Invention of Cubism, London: Yale, 2003
Marilyn McCully (ed.), Picasso: Documents, Reminiscences, Criticism, London: Thames and Hudson, 1981
Marilyn McCully (ed.), Picasso in Paris, 1900-1907, New York: Vendome Press, 2011
McCully (ed.), Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay, London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1998
McCully (ed.), Picasso: the Early Years, 1892-1906, Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1997
Lynda Morris and Christoph Grunenberg (eds.), Peace and Freedom, London: Tate, 2010
John Golding (ed.), Late Picasso, London: Tate, 1988
John Golding and Roland Penrose (eds.), Picasso in Retrospect, London: Granada, 1973
Peter Read Picasso and Apollinaire: The Persistence of Memory, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2008
John Richardson, A Life of Picasso, 3 vols, London: Cape, 1991-2007
William Rubin (ed.), Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism, New York: MoMA, 1989
Kenneth Silver, Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914-25, London: Thames and Hudson, 1985
Lynn Zelevansky (ed.) Picasso and Braque: A Symposium, New York: Abrams/MoMA, 1992
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Course organiserProf Neil Cox
Tel: (0131 6)50 2313
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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