The Visual Grammar of Pablo Picasso

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Peter Lang Pub Incorporated, Jan 1, 2003 - Art - 344 pages
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Pablo Picasso's continued search for the essential features of perceived objects and his natural abidance to the general principles regulating artistic creation determined his intuitive analysis of the various stages of vision. His exploration of pictorial language is reflected in the well-established periods in the development of Cubism. Progressively, objects were analyzed first by their image (or retinal) and surface (or external) features as viewed from particular observer-oriented viewpoints during the Pre-Cubist and Cezannian Cubist stages; then by viewer-independent, structural features during Analytic Cubism; and finally by categorial features during Synthetic Cubism. This final re-evaluation allowed the artist to treat pictorial language as truly arbitrary, leading to metaphorical correlations between objects that went beyond what was actually depicted on the surface of the canvas.

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Contents

A Constructive Process
13
The Issue of Representation
33
Imagebased Onedimensional Representation
55
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Enrique Mallen earned his doctorate at Cornell University in 1989. He is currently Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Texas A & M University in College Station. His publications include Con/figuracion Sinta;ctica: Poesia del Des/lenguaje; The Embodiment of the Pictorial Sign: Pablo Picasso's Early Cubism; Metaphor and Cognition in Pablo Picasso's Synthetic Cubism; and A Minimalist Approach to Picasso's Visual Grammar: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

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