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Body on the Cross: frome Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon

On 7 February 1930 Picasso completed La Crucifixion, a small painting with rubicund colours and a cruel subject, taken from the Apocalypse of St Sever. Two years later, inspired this time by the Grünewald altarpiece in Colmar, he painted a series of superb inks on the same theme. This frenetically paced meditation on the sign of the cross, the suffering of the body and the divine sacrifice, came to a provisional end in 1937, in the monumental Guernica, when the history of mankind crossed paths with Christian myth.
Around the theme of the crucifixion, P. Sollers, J. Clair, R. Kaufmann, C. Heck, E. Crispolti, G. Bruno and C. stoullig give the measure of a "sign" which is also a gesture and the reasons why so many contemporaries, young and old, have taken up this iconography. In fact, an important corpus of works by Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, Willem de Kooning, Renato Guttuso, Graham Sutherland, and Antonio Saura, among others, is a direct continuation of Picasso's little masterpiece.
The book concludes with the publication of the last interview Francis Bacon gave before his death, in which the great English artist recalls his admiration for Picasso.


Title: Body on the Cross: frome Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon 
Authors: Collective 
Publishers: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, RMN-Grand Palais
Theme: Art history
Format: Softcover 
Pages: 145 
Dimensions: 30 x 21 cm
Language: English
Release date: 1992 
ISBN: 9782711826148

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