In my collection from 1986, I have a memorable videocassette set about Picasso. They are a comprehensive video anthology taken from intimate and exclusive home movies and photos containing over 600 works, many never seen in public that cover Part 1: The Man and His Work (1881-1937) and Part 2: The Man and His Work (1938-1973).
The series was made by Edward Quinn, a photographer and film maker, who had the complete collaboration of Picasso, at work and at play. It was filmed in the authentic atmosphere in which Picasso lived and worked where Quinn was allowed to do as he liked, provided that Picasso was free to do what he wanted.( Source: Art Series insert inside my VHS collection). You can find more information on Edward Quinn’s website and some photos of Pablo Picasso at work. More recently V.I.E.W. Video has made available a new DVD release of the two tapes of this collection.
I acquired my set when I attended art school twenty years ago. The drawings that Picasso sketched on the back of a piece of glass still remain vivid in my mind. Perhaps I need to find my old VHS player and watch them again.
Quote: “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ” – Pablo Picasso
Just finding this collection prompted me to look at my bookcase crammed full of art books. I finally located my copy of Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective (Museum of Modern Art, New York) printing from 1980. Inside this 463 page book are almost a thousand illustrated works by Picasso with over two hundred of them in color. His career as an artist began at an early age continuing until his death in 1973 becoming probably the most well-known and famous painter in his own lifetime.
On the “front cover” of my copy of this book, Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective , is a Self-Portrait, Paris, late 1907.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, January 27, 2013