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For more than a generation, Gertrude Stein's Paris home at 27 rue de Fleurus was the center of a glittering coterie of artists and writers, one of whom was Pablo Picasso. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Stein tells us much about the great man (and herself) and offers many insights into the life and art of the 20th century's greatest painter.Mixing biological fact wiFor more than a generation, Gertrude Stein's Paris home at 27 rue de Fleurus was the center of a glittering coterie of artists and writers, one of whom was Pablo Picasso. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Stein tells us much about the great man (and herself) and offers many insights into the life and art of the 20th century's greatest painter.Mixing biological fact with artistic and aesthetic comments, she limns a unique portrait of Picasso as a founder of Cubism, an intimate of Appollinaire, Max Jacob, Braque, Derain, and others, and a genius driven by a ceaseless quest to convey his vision of the 20th century. We learn, for example, of the importance of his native Spain in shaping Picasso's approach to art; of the influence of calligraphy and African sculpture; of his profound struggle to remain true to his own vision; of the overriding need to empty himself of the forms and ideas that welled up within him.Stein's close relationship with Picasso furnishes her with a unique vantage point in composing this perceptive and provocative reminiscence. It will delight any admirer of Picasso or Gertrude Stein; it is indispensable to an understanding of modern art....

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Picasso Reviews

  • Teresa Proença
    2018-11-10 19:10

    A norte-americana Gertrude Stein e o espanhol Pablo Picasso conheceram-se e foram amigos durante um tempo em que ambos viviam em Paris. Zangaram-se, em 1927, quando morreu o amigo comum, Juan Gris. Picasso é um ensaio muito interessante sobre a vida e a obra do pintor, a sua inspiração, evolução e influências: o período azul, rosa, arlequim; o nascimento do cubismo; a arte negra; a caligrafia; as colagens; a escultura; etc. Gertrude Stein chega, não ao fim da história de Picasso "mas ao fim desta história da sua história.", em 1937 quando Picasso - depois de dois anos sem pintar e em que se dedicou a escrever poesia - encontrou a sua verdadeira cor, o cinzento, com Guernica.Trata-se de um excelente ensaio que, sinteticamente - e "colorido" por alguns pequenos diálogos entre Stein e Picasso -, ajuda a compreender um pouco a obra do pintor. No "inverno de 1906 posei para Picasso; oitenta sessões e no fim apagou a cabeça. Disse-me que já não me podia ver e foi para Espanha. Quando regressou, Picasso pintou a cabeça sem voltar a ver-me e deu-me o quadro. Para mim, sou eu. É a única reprodução de mim que não deixou de ser eu."

  • Mohammad Ali
    2018-11-20 21:15

    با ارفاق سه ستارهکلا کتاب رو کتاب جالبی یافتم. اینکه جریان تحولات و رفت و آمدهای فکری و هنری پیکاسو رو بدون اطناب و خسته کردن خواننده حکایت می کرد، خواندنیش کرده بوداینکه اشتاین بر عنصر اسپانیایی پیکاسو تأکید می کنه و اسپانیا رو - در کنار آمریکا و تا حدی روسیه - از بقیه ی کشورهای اروپایی جدا می کنه، اشاره ی جالبیه. همچنین تأکیدی که بر تمایز قاطع قرن نوزدهم و بیستم - و تغییر کمپوزیسیون از حالت متمرکز به حالت پراکنده - می کنه، حذابیتی درش هست. اما نباید فراموش کرد اینگونه نگاه ذات گرایانه به چیزهایی مثل "اسپانیا" یا "قرن بیستم" خالی از تسامح نیستنقایص و انتقاداتالبته عقب جلو رفتن های زمانی کتاب به نظرم یه نقصه، هر چند با حرف تو حرف آوردنش مشکلی ندارم - یعنی مشکل در هم ریختن توالی زمانی بحث ها است؛ مثلا بحث در مورد یک دوره یه جا متمرکز نیست بلکه یهو وسط توضیح یه دوره ی دیگه یک تیکه در مورد یه دوره ی دیگه ذکر شدهمشکل دیگه ی این کتاب اینه که نقاشی ها رو برده آخر کتاب - حداقل در یک نسخه ی انگلیسی که من دیدم اینگونه نبود؛ بهتر بود نقاشی های مربوط آنجا که بحثشان است آورده می شد. همچنین نقاشی ها سیاه و سفید چاپ شده اند؛ حال اگر بدانیم که مثلا حرف از دوره ی آبی یا صورتی است و منظور غلبه ی این یا آن رنگ است می فهمیم که عکس رنگی چقدر ضرورت داشتدر مورد روانی متن ترجمه نمی شه گفت ترجمه ی خوبیه اما ترجمه ی بدی هم نیست. ابهاماتی جاهایی هست که بیشتر به نظر می آد مفهومی باشند تا مربوط ترجمه

  • Silvia Sirea
    2018-11-23 00:14

    In queste poche pagine di Gertrude Stein viene raccontata una fetta di vita di Pablo Picasso. Lei, che l'ha conosciuto e ha potuto assistere al modo in cui Picasso è diventato Picasso, con una prosa che sembra scritta di getto, immediata e che dà l'impressione di essere vagamente confusionaria, riesce a trasmettere tutta la vitalità e la vigorosità che ha contraddistinto uno dei maggiori artisti del Novecento.Gertrude Stein, sua contemporanea, è stata forse la prima a percepire il genio che era in lui e l'entusiasmo della sua narrazione dimostra quanto ci abbia saputo vedere lungo."Il creatore è tanto contemporaneo da dare l'impressione d'essere in anticipo sulla propria generazione; per rilassarsi, nella vita di ogni giorno, desidera vivere con le cose d'ogni giorno del tempo passato, non vuole vivere in modo così contemporaneo quanto i suoi contemporanei, i quali non sentono in modo particolarmente acuto di essere contemporanei."

  • Manday
    2018-12-02 22:23

    This is a strange half-biography of Picasso written by one of his friends and cohort of artists. I have always struggled to understand some of the more academic (or should I say more precocious) forms of artistic analysis, and this falls firmly into that category. I dislike that Gertrude Stein groups people entirely by their nationality and generalizes everything - Spain is THIS, Spaniards do THIS, Russians do THIS. I disagree with is quite a bit, and find it borders on offensive, as if we are all just our nationality. The book also fails to follow a clear timeline, jumping back and forth back and forth in a strange manner, you think she has finished covering one period and all of the sudden you are discussing it again. I can't say I am a fan of the writing style either. Overall, not a good read for me.

  • Lori
    2018-11-30 00:00

    I like reading the reviews about this book. The book itself is a work of art, and I don't think people realize that it's not just supposed to be a biography about Picasso. Or, well, it CAN'T be read that way, because Gertrude Stein probably did mean it to just be a biography about Picasso. It's Gertrude Stein, people!!!!

  • Ben Loory
    2018-12-02 19:18

    I love the part where the burglars break in and steal all Picasso’s linens but leave his paintings behind

  • Yasmin
    2018-11-14 23:18

    از اون كتابهايي بود كه حتما دوست دارم تو قفسه ي كتابهام ببينمش. البته براي الان.نكته اي كه به به ذهنم ميرسه اين هست كه اساسا وقتي يك چيزي يا كسي، كار خارق عادتي انجام ميده توي دنياي انسانها، اون رو اسطوره ميكنن. اسطوره ي خوبي، يا بدي، فرقي نداره. و بقيه ي انسان ها اونقدر اون آدم رو ميخونن، ميبينن و ميشنون ، كه كم كم باورشون ميشه اون از نسل خدايان بوده و به زمين اومده. رويا پردازي و اسطوره سازي براي همه ي انسانها وجود داره، با حدود و شدت هاي متفاوت.من البته به اين جنبه ي كتاب توجه نكردم موقع خوندنش. جا داره بگم كه گرترود استاين عزيز بسيار بسيار سررشته ي افكارشون فرار بوده :) اين انگار يك كتاب نيست، بلكه انگار يك نفر از دوستان خانم استاين اومدن پيششون، با هم در حال نوشيدن چاي حرف زدن و كسي اون حرفها را روي كاغذ آورده، دوستي كه خيلي هم وراج و عجول بوده و همه ش صحبتهاي خانم استاين رو قطع ميكرده. من پيكاسو رو تحسين ميكنم، اما مي ترسم به تابلوهاش نگاه كنم. ترسم از اين هست كه من هم توي اين شكل هاي عجيب و به ظاهر بي معني، اون زيبايي اي رو كه به پيكاسو نسبت داده شده ببينم و دنياي " هنر به صرف نقاشي هاي رئال" من فرو بريزه.به هر حال نكته اي كه فهميدم اين بود كه اصلا دوست ندارم وقتي يك اثر هنري رو ميبينم، كسي بياد و براي من توضيح بده كه مثلا منظور از اين قطعه در اون نقطه بيان فلان چيز بوده كه با فلان و بهمان اثر برابري ميكنه... اصلا ذوقم كور ميشه.نتيجه اي كه بهش رسيدم اينه: دليل اين همه بحث ها، تكنيكاليتي ها، و به طور خلاصه به وجود اومدن اين مدل " نازيبايي هاي كسل كننده" وجود آدمهايي شبيه هم هست، حداقل از يك جنبه. يك مثال: يك دانشمند فقط در صورتي به خودش فشار مياره كه كار تحقيقاتيش، به موقع به دست مجله هاي معتبر برسه، كه مقاله ي نوشته شده ش حسابي پر از اصطلاحات به جا باشه و خوب نوشته شده باشه و.... اين نگراني ها به نظرم، نصف لذت كنجكاوي و بازي هايي كه ميشه با علم كرد رو كور كرده. چرا؟ چون آدم هاي مشابهي هستند به اسم " رقيب". صد البته كه وجود اونها ميتونه رنگ و بويي به زندگي بده. اما متاسفانه همه چيز به حد افراط رسيده.نكته: خودم هم زياد از اين شاخه به اون شاخه ميبرم تو نوشته هام. دليل: ساده ست، اينجا مال منه كه افكارم رو شرح بدم.My train of thoughts, if you may.

  • Dottie Suggs
    2018-11-18 23:03

    It is well known that Gertrude Stein was not a great writer, but she did have very close contact with many struggling artists during the great art movement in Paris. She welcomed and supported Hemingway, Matisse, Picasso and many others in her home. She sat for paintings, collected their art, read their works, and had them to her house for meals and long discussions. For those insights, this book is well worth reading. Some of her abstract thoughts are difficult to follow. I am sure she believed herself to be clever and generous in the knowledge she presents here. Short, fast read with made images of Picasso's paintings presented in chronological order. I will keep this book in my Picasso section. Come read it some afternoon and you will see. We can discuss this book and art over a nice glass of wine.

  • Matt
    2018-12-04 16:03

    Beautiful so far. Stein's prose style is a little strange, of course, and sort of off-putting but that's the whole point, isn't it? It actually works for this kind of analysis/ memoir/ essay/ piece of what we might refer to as "Imaginitive Criticism"....the singular way she crafts a sentence, insight, observation lulls you in and makes you see the work and life of Picasso as she does, through her aphoristic eyes, and since- according to the lady herself- this is very crux of the matter w/r/t Senior Picasso then the language isn't strange isn't wrong isn't self-indulgent or obscure but a part of the act of reading of seeing in all its glory. *** After having finished the thing, my original take is still pretty close to the mark. Stein's prose gets a little bit annoying sometimes since naturally she takes so much of what she thinks and says for granted and with a bit of a self-important, nigh-Olympian air. She'll punch you in the nose, if you Woody Allen fans know what I mean.I don't mind this too much, since I respect her as an aesthetic o.g. and I actually like the tough, innovative way she approaches grammar and syntax. I also love to read about Art in an accessible but apparaising way. I don't know as much about Art as I'd like to but I'm oddly exhilerated when there's commentary about brush strokes and line quality and space adjoining a painting. It's like an ideal convrsation, no? This is the kind of book which exhbits the type of criticism I like the most- passionate, imaginitive, subjective, associative...anartisticcriticism, a poetics of critical inquiry, an aestheticism of impressions. I love my Greil Marcus and my Lester Bangs and my Sontag and so on (anybody out there have a writer in this vein I might enjoy?) for this very reason. Wilde is oh so right, in this as in all things, when he argues that criticism makes of text something beautiful, useful and unique- what more could be said of poetry? The problem with a book like this is, basically, that it's not really best for a Picasso specialist (too Stein-centered) and yet could probably best be appreciated or argued with by a specialist. Maybe it's the danger this kind of criticism runs, I don't know, but I think it would take more time to really be able to appreciate the text here in a worthy way. Three stars.

  • Bob
    2018-11-22 23:26

    This books contains the only clear description I have ever heard of Cubism. As the butch doyenne of the Parisian Salons, she captures the heart of Picasso in that context. Obliquely shifted my world view just a bit.

  • Jesse
    2018-12-02 18:05

    Review half written, coming soon.

  • Claudia Keelan
    2018-12-08 20:27

    This is such a moving homage from one genius to another.

  • صان
    2018-12-01 21:15

    یک شرحِ حال و کمی تفسیر خودمانی از زندگی و کارها و فکرها و دوره‌های کاریِ پیکاسو!

  • Maria
    2018-12-03 20:07

    "Picasso lutava, afinal, para exprimir a cabeça, o rosto, o corpo dos homens e das mulheres na sua concepção pessoal. Era uma luta dura, continua a sê-lo. A alma dos seres não lhe interessa muito. Quer isto dizer que para ele a existência da cabeça, do rosto, do corpo é tão importante, tão persistente, tão completa, que ele não tem necessidade nenhuma de pensar noutra coisa. E a alma é evidentemente outra coisa."

  • Bo Olsen
    2018-11-12 20:06

    I found Gertrude Steins abstract thoughts a joy to follow as she describes this artist as I've never read before, while being so perceptive to his whys and wherefores. The featured artworks help in bringing it all together, while only dealing with Picasso and his work, no distractions.

  • Aubrey
    2018-11-15 22:26

    It has been a while since I've read anything by Gertrude Stein and it was fun to fall back into the rhythm of her writing style. This is by far, one of the easiest volumes of hers to read and I think her style lends itself well to the description of an artist's process. It was fun to learn that when he was a young artist, Picasso used to say that it would be so incredible if he were burglarized and someone stole his paintings and drawings (meaning his artwork was worth something). And so, later on, when he was not an unknown artist, he was in fact burglarized, and the thieves thought only to steal his linens and left his artwork behind. Fools.Unfortunately, my copy is all in black and white, which doesn't work as well for all the images of Picasso's paintings that she includes. I would definitely recommend this book, if you can find a higher quality edition.If you're in Chicago right now, check out the Picasso exhibit at the Art Institute!

  • Tim
    2018-11-23 21:05

    "People do not really change from one generation to another, as far back as we know history people are about the same as they were, they have had the same needs, the same desires, the same virtues and the same qualities, the same defects, indeed nothing changes from one generation to another except the things seen and the things seen make that generation, that is to say nothing changes in people from one generation to another except the way of seeing and being seen, the streets change, the way of being driven in the streets change, the buildings change, the comforts in the houses change, but the people from one generation to another do not change. The creator in the arts is like all the rest of the people living, he is sensitive to the changes in the way of living and his art is inevitably influenced by the way each generation is living, the way each generation is being educated and the way they move about, all this creates the composition of that generation."

  • Michael de Percy
    2018-12-11 22:03

    This is the first of Gertrude Stein's work I have read. You can definitely feel the intention that quite possibly influenced Hemingway's style, but I can't help thinking that Stein was one of those many intelligent people who cannot write very well. If anything, I shall probably remember her classification of Picasso's various periods simply through her repetition. It is a very quick read expedited by the various useful pictures of Picasso's work and a handful of photographs. Nonetheless, I doubt I would have bothered to read this if the subject matter wasn't of interest and Stein had not been a part of Hemingway's early development.

  • Irene
    2018-11-24 18:06

    Curioso acercamiento a la obra de Picasso de la mano de Gertrude Stein. Residente en Francia desde 1903, en París abrió un salón literario, que se convertiría en centro del avant-garde de comienzos del S. XX. Stein era suficientemente joven para entender a los artistas, suficientemente madura como para patrocinarlos y suficientemente acaudalada para comprar sus pinturas. En este libro Gertrude "pinta" a Picasso quizá como respuesta al retrato que Picasso hizo de ella.

  • Terry
    2018-11-29 20:05

    Stein really tells us to see Picasso's art for ourselves, to understand it in our terms while also seeing and understanding, as best we can, Picasso and his art as he knew and saw himself. In writing this she reminds us that time and place matter to the making and to the seeing and like Ursula K. Le Guin would comment many years later the new art, of the moment, is the most difficult to see because our experience has not given us now so much as then.

  • Daniel Ramírez Martins
    2018-11-12 18:23

    This isn't a common biography, it's some kind of a friendly one. I didn't like the style, I think I maybe expected something more from Gertrude Stein. However it is not a bad book either, it has a lot of very personal information about Pablo, but it is not complete for me, it doesn't show what the artist really was, apart from only one very simple opinion. Nevertheless, it had good comments about Picasso's works (which were also included as images).

  • MamaCat
    2018-12-11 00:13

    Though Gertrude Stein is not for everyone and her writing is somewhat bizarre and meandering - I love this book. I read it many years ago and have been searching for it for years since. And it held the exact same magic I'd found within its pages the first time around. This book is a window into Picasso's artistic soul and mind. It opened a door for me, helping me understand what drove - and inspired him. I shall keep it close and reread many times I'm sure...

  • Chris Linehan
    2018-11-24 16:25

    It's a bit of a jarring book to follow, but it reveals a lot about Picasso and Stein without revealing a lot of actual events in either of their lives. It's that which makes the read an interesting one. Unfortunately, or fortunately when I read the book I pictured Kathy Bates across from me and I as Owen Wilson having Picasso explained to me. Thanks a lot Woody Allen.

  • Hakan
    2018-12-02 21:26

    kötü, çok kötü bir kitap. picasso'nun dostu olan bir yazarın yazdığını düşündükçe picasso'dan bile şüphe duyuyor insan. bir öğrenci kompozisyonu olabilecek malzemeyi evirip çevirip duruyor yazar kitap boyunca. ısrarla tekrarladığı iki şey var: birincisi picasso'nun portresini yapmış olduğu, ikincisi picasso'nun ispanyol olduğu. birincisi belli ki vahim bir hata, ikincisi ise bir sır.

  • Chris
    2018-11-30 17:02

    I liked it, it's cool to read a more firsthand account of such an epic character - and written by an epic character in her own right. As a piece of history, I enjoyed it; but, after a while, I was reminded of the fact that I have tired of hearing about Picasso.

  • Einschrein
    2018-11-13 16:27

    Very interesting content, but I now remember why Gertrude Stein's writing annoys me so much: "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose..." until your eyes bleed.

  • Amir
    2018-11-28 18:00

    نثر اشتاین توی این کتاب خیلی شلخته به نظر می رسه. هیچ متن دیگه ای ازش نخوندم و نمی دونم کلا این طور می نویسه یا توی این کتاب تغییر استراتژی داده. کتاب هیچ نظم و منطقی نداره الا گریزهایی که به سال شمار زندگی پیکاسو می زنه. آشفته ست. چرا این کتاب این طوریه؟

  • Maggie
    2018-11-15 22:14

    I absolutely loved this little book. Gertrude Stein's insights on how Picasso worked as an artist and why Cubism came about in the way that it did are fascinating. It was like sitting in on a discussion about the nature and practice of art between the two of them.

  • Gregory
    2018-11-16 17:14

    Inspired me to identify with the times and hold my approach to music as meaning full and artistic even if only a few, other than myself, can enjoy it. I seem to gravitate intellectually and personally to different times.To have been a fly on the wall at one of her evenings.

  • Patrycja Machałek
    2018-11-22 18:17

    Dowiedziałam się, że wiek dwudziesty różni się od wieku dziewiętnastego a Hiszpania różni się od Francji. Dość osobliwy, obsesyjny tekst.Ale plus za zakończenie: "Dlatego też Picasso jest wspaniały. Tak. Dziękuję".