The Cahiers de l’Herne are known for their monographies on the major figures in literature and the arts. This one, dedicated to Picasso, is no exception. Over nearly 400 pages, it has voices of the past intervene such as Simone de Beauvoir, Paul Morand or Maurice Rheims, as well as current specialists (among them Anne Baldassari and Claude Picasso). The slightly iconoclastic approach is obvious in the themes dealt with, which do not intend to cover all of Picasso but of shedding light on certain zones, which at times are obscure: his relationship with Staline, his surrealist theater, his influence in Latin America, his interpretation by Jung. The volume is purposely not illustrated but nevertheless it includes a very original central notebook: it is dedicated to the poems from 1935 to 1938, written on plain unheaded paper, index cards or notebooks. There is still a Picasso to be discovered.
Review published in the newsletter #361 - from 23 October 2014 to 29 October 2014