Painting 1909

Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Henri Bergson, Comics, Albert Einstein, and Anarchy

Leonard Folgarait

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February 14, 2017
240 pages, 6 x 8 1/4
22 color + 40 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300218015
Hardcover

In 1909, renowned artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) embarked on a series of stylistic experiments that had a dramatic effect on modern art. This book examines the ways in which Picasso’s art of 1909 intertwines and engages with the larger intellectual framework of his time and sheds light on how the writings of Gertrude Stein, the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the theories of Albert Einstein, and even American comic strips played a role in the development of Picasso’s unique artistic style. With an insightful, interdisciplinary approach that focuses on how European society was grappling with the larger issues of how to conceptualize, write about, and visualize a rapidly modernizing culture, Painting 1909 presents a methodical exploration of Picasso’s stylistic choices and proposes new reasons for the development of radical modernist art that led to Cubism and, eventually, absolute abstraction. 

Leonard Folgarait is professor of history of art at Vanderbilt University.

“In Painting 1909, the art historian Leonard Folgarait describes how that sense of uncertainty pervaded every dimension of early twentieth-century life, with the shuffling of stars in the sky mirrored by the shuffling of forms and faces in Post-Impressionist painting. At just 240 pages, the book makes its case through the examples of a few visionaries who both produced and captured the wonder of the day with their work.”—The New Criterion