Picasso and the Art of Drawing

Christopher Lloyd

Publication Date:
20 February 2018
232 pages: 279 x 216 mm
143 colour illustrations

  • In this generously illustrated and lively book, Christopher Lloyd sets out and interprets the lifelong achievement of Picasso as a draughtsman. Although there have been many publications about his drawing that have tended to focus on particular periods of his career, this volume specifically examines how drawing serves as the vital thread connecting all of Picasso’s art, just as it also links his private world with his public persona of which he was increasingly aware in his later years. Picasso and the Art of Drawing ultimately showcases how the basis of the artist’s style as painter, sculptor, printmaker and designer was manifestly achieved through drawing.

  • ‘Lloyd…is an elegant writer, as fluid in his delivery as he is sharp in his judgement…This is a consistently fascinating study of Picasso’s insatiable impulse for mark-marking, on exhibited on any surface: invitations, newspapers, photographs, menus, tablecloths, napkins. Even, as Lloyd notes, “the ground beneath his feet or the shifting sands on the beach”.’

    Christian House, ‘A magic trick explained’, review, The Art Newspaper, October 2018


    ‘This highly readable overview of Picasso’s drawing emphasises how the artist’s superior abilities as a draughtsman allowed for his rapid assimilation of trends and techniques into his art.’

    Rachel Mustalish, The Burlington Magazine, August 2019

  • Christopher Lloyd worked in the Department of Western Art of the Ashmolean Museum from 1968 to 1988, combining curatorial duties with teaching. During that time he was appointed by Harvard University to a Fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence and was Visiting Research Curator of Early Italian Painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was appointed Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures in the British Royal Collection in 1988 and retired from that post in 2005. His publications include Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels (2014), Paul Cézanne: Drawings and Watercolours (2015) and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawings (2019). Christopher will also be contributing to the catalogue of the forthcoming exhibition Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy.

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