The Great War, Experimentation, and Change

Simonetta Fraquelli, Elizabeth Cowling, Kenneth E. Silver, Dominique H. Vasseur, Ann Bremner

ISBN: 978 1 8551 034 2
Size: 254 x 241mm (9.5 x 10 inches)
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 176
Images: 126

UK £29.95 / US $45.00


1. Accompanies a major exhibition opening at the Barnes Foundation (February 21 to May 9, 2016) and the Columbus Museum of Art (June 10 to September 11, 2016)
2. Features new scholarship from leading experts from around the world.
3. Includes images and discussion of costumes by Picasso for the ballet Parade (1917), and photographs by Jean Cocteau showing the artist and friends in Paris (1916)


Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change examines the work that Pablo Picasso made in Paris during the tumultuous years of World War I. Focusing on Picasso’s oeuvre from 1912 to 1924, when he utilized both Cubist and classical modes in his art, this fully illustrated catalog highlights one of the most important periods in the history of modern art. Picasso’s shifts in style became a means of not repeating, in his words, 'the same vision, the same technique, the same formula.' With that approach in mind, the book also includes the work of Picasso’s peers and friends, artists who were also exploring themes relevant to the difficult times in which they lived. Published to accompany a major exhibition of the same name at the Barnes Foundation and the Columbus Museum of Art, this elegantly designed book is essential reading for all those interested in Picasso’s work and the dramatic and innovative period of art history during the Great War.


Simonetta Fraquelli is an independent art historian and specialist in twentieth-century European art. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Modigliani and his Models (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006), Chagall: Modern Master (Tate Liverpool, 2013), and Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural (Kunsthaus Zurich, 2015).
Elizabeth Cowling is Professor Emeritus of History of Art and Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.
Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Modern Art in the Department of Art History, NYU, and the author of Esprit de Corps: the Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914–1925.
Dominique H. Vasseur is the former Chief Curator and Curator of European Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, a position he held until his retirement in 2015.  
Ann Bremner is an arts writer and editor based in Columbus, Ohio. She earned BA and MA degrees in history of art from The Ohio State University. 


"The thought-provoking exhibition Picasso: the Great War, Experimentation and Change. . . attempts to find reasons for these swings [between cubism and classicism] by examining the strikingly diverse works Picasso made between 1912 and 1924 in relation to those problematic times."
The Wall Street Journal

"This exhibition will be the first in the US to take on the much-debated question of Picasso’s stylistic modality, particularly the ease with which cubism rubbed shoulders with neoclassicism in the artist’s work, both leading up to and following World War I."

"What this exhibition shows us is the artist finding ever more ways to be Picasso"
The Philadelphia Inquirer