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Picasso: The Man and His Work.

This is a two-part anthology of Pablo Picasso, considered by many to be the greatest painter of our time. This unique set reveals many unknown aspects of his work and personality, and it shows over six hundred of his works, many never publically seen. The filmmaker had the complete cooperation of Picasso in this endeavor, filming the master as he liked, provided Picasso was free to do what he wanted.

Using intimate and exclusive home movies and photos, the screenplay shows Picasso going through a sort of scrapbook of his life. With many flashback sequences showing the mutations and evolution of his work in progress the viewer is led chronologically through his work and episodes in his life.

Part I: Starting in 1896, when he was only fifteen, Picasso's artistic development is traced showing his work as a youth, from the Blue to the Pink period, and his first steps into Cubism in 1906. His transition from Analytical to Synthetic Cubism is dealt with, until he entered his Neoclassical period in 1918. Part I culminates with an examination of his 1937 masterpiece, Guernica.

Part II: This videotape takes viewers through the war years and life on the French Riviera, where Picasso's work evolved to include ceramics, sculpture, pottery and graphics. The period from 1946 to 1973 is made up primarily of home movies, showing his relationship with his children and the women in his life, while emphasizing the enormous amount of work he accomplished during the last twenty years of his life.

This set of videotapes is truly of great historical importance, and is recommended without qualification to secondary and adult audiences.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:Jan 1, 1993
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