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Secret Images

Picasso and the Japanese Erotic Print

Museu Picasso, Barcelona

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An important work on a hitherto neglected aspect of Picasso’s oeuvre


For the first time, the explicit connection between Japanese erotic prints and the work of Pablo Picasso is revealed in this highly original study. Much of Picasso’s work is imbued with eroticism and this book makes clear the parallels between explicit Japanese compositions and scenes depicted by the artist.

More than twenty previously unpublished Japanese prints from Picasso’s personal collection are illustrated, revealing the influence these ‘secret images’ had on his career.

Thought-provoking and careful analysis of the prints is accompanied by reproductions of artworks by Western and Japanese artists. Essays by scholars of Picasso and Japanese art and by curators at Barcelona’s Museu Picasso, examine the spread of Japanese art and its influence in Europe, and look at the impact this had on Picasso’s œuvre.

Irreverent drawings chronicling Picasso’s passionate youth and sexual fantasies develop into mature images of a man of many lovers – ardent participant and voyeur.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 29.5 x 25.5 cm

Extent: 168 pp

Illustrations: 256

Publication date: 8 November 2010

ISBN: 9780500093542

Contents List

Acknowledgments Foreword by Jordi Hereu • Preface by Pepe Serra ‘Ukiyo-e Shunga’ by Hayakawa Monta • ‘Ukiyo-e and Japonisme in the Young Picasso’s Circle’ by Ricard Bru • ‘Tentacles of Love and Death: From Hokusai to Picasso’ by Ricard Bru • ‘Dialogue with Japanese Art’ by Malén Gual • ‘The Provence of Pablo Picasso’s Collection of Erotic Japanese Prints’ by Diana Widmaier Picasso • ‘The Collection of Philippe Berthelot’ by Ricard Bru and Malén Gual • Description and Analysis of Exhibited Works • Chronology • Bibliography • Sources of Illustration

About the Author

The Museu Picasso located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

List of Contributors

Hayakawa Monta, Ricard Bru, Malén Gual, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Jordi Hereu, Pepe Serra

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