Picasso / Marx

and Socialist Realism in France

Sarah Wilson

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ISBN: 9781781381922

Publication: April 23, 2015

Series: Value: Art: Politics 8

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Marx’s ideas are now subject to worldwide reappraisal, with conferences attracting the most important critical thinkers on the left. Marx and the Aesthetic (Amsterdam, 2012) reappraised Marx in the context of his own creative inspirations and contemporary art today. Max Raphael’s Proudhon, Marx, Picasso (1933), published in Paris by the exiled German art historian, a contemporary of Walter Benjamin, included the first attempt at a Marxist critique of Picasso. His book appeared when the global crisis of capitalism coincided with the birth of fascism. Picasso/Marx looks backwards and perhaps forwards, resituating Picasso in dialectical terms. His context as player in the little-known Communist West, centred on Paris, brings into play the Marxist theory of his times. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Marx, Lenin and Stalin’s own theories on art and literature were discussed together with Plekhanov, Bogdanov and Zhdanov. John Berger’s Success and Failure of Picasso (1965), dedicated to Raphael, offered a critique of Picasso’s art and Communist politics within the lifetime of the painter. Picasso/Marx presents a critical view of Picasso to his new audiences from Melbourne to Moscow.

Sarah Wilson is Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Introduction Picasso to Marx Popular Front Paris World Fair Holocaust Atomic Age Colonialism Portraits Conclusion Postface Bibliography Index

Long awaited by scholars, this is a work of astonishing verve and scope by unquestionably the leading authority on left-wing artistic movements of the period.
Michael Kelly  
University of Southampton

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

345 Pages

Copyright: © 2014

ISBN: 9781781381922

Publication: April 23, 2015

Series: Value: Art: Politics 8

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