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Lahuerta, Juan José

Religious Painting

Pablo Picasso and Max von Moos

Series:Edition Voldemeer

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    January 2015
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    • Offers surprising new insights into Picasso's art - if not into modern art altogether
    • Addresses some of the most critical issues confronted by religious art

    Aims and Scope

    Religious subject matter is not central in 20th century art. One might therefore suspect that, for the avantgarde, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) would have eclipsed religion altogether. However, as Juan José Lahuerta argues in this book, the war caused a considerable revival of certain themes of religious art. In particular, it intensified Pablo Picasso's lifelong preoccupation with the subject of the Crucifixion.

    The work of the Swiss surrealist painter Max von Moos (1903-1979) throws additional light on the paradox at hand. In 1938, i.e. one year after Picasso painted "Guernica," von Moos published an essay entitled "Religious Painting of Our Time" that addresses some of the critical issues then confronted by church art: issues of communication and expression, realism and abstraction that turn out to offer surprising insights into Picasso's art - if not into modern art altogether.


    12.5 x 21 cm
    96 pages
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    Juan José Lahuerta. National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Barcelona, and professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture.

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