One of the world's most famous and intriguing twentieth-century artists, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) produced dramatic works in a variety of styles. Best known as a co-founder of Cubism, he also created pieces in a variety of other styles, some realistic, some Surrealistic, sculptures as well as paintings. Among his best known works are the Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and the unforgettable tribute to the Spanish Civil War Guernica. This book uses original documentation from his archives to trace the life and work of an extraordinary man.
John Finlay is an art historian of French history and culture, specializing in the field of twentieth-century modern art. He is editor of the new British journal Artfractures and a regular contributor to international journals in which he has published articles on Picasso, Giacometti, Surrealism and contemporary New Zealand sculpture. He received his doctorate on "Picasso's Constructions and Assemblages, 1912-35" from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 1998. He lives and works in New Zealand.