“Just as the mask of the title symbolizes several aspects of Picasso’s life, this important book exists on at least four levels: as an affectionate memoir, an analysis of Picasso’s genius, a detailed commentary on much of his work, and a discussion of the significance of art in the modern world.”–Publishers Weekly
Following Pablo Picasso’s death in 1973, André Malraux was summoned by Jacqueline Picasso, the artist’s widow, to her home at Mougins in the South of France. There, surrounded by Picasso’s powerful last paintings “painted face to face with death,” and his art collection destined for the Louvre, Malraux recollected Picasso’s rebellious life and the metamorphosis of his art. In Picasso’s Mask, Malraux’s memories, at once personal and historical, evoke Picasso as a private man and as a legendary artistic genius.
For over half a century, André Malraux (1901-1976) was intimately involved in French intellectual life, as philosopher, novelist, soldier, statesman, and secretary for cultural affairs.
Malraux knew Picasso well, and here recollects a number of his conversations with the painter. In rich, evocative, and memory-filled prose, he has written an inspiring and moving reminiscence. Picasso’s Mask is one of the most profound works in Malraux’s remarkable oeuvre.
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