Picasso and Modern British Art is the first book to explore an overlooked yet important aspect of Pablo Picasso's life and work: his lifelong connection with the United Kingdom. Tracing his rise in Britain, the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected there during his lifetime, and the evolution of his critical reception, this book demonstrates that the British engagement with Picasso and his art has been much deeper and more varied than was previously understood. Picasso's enormous impact on British modernism is examined through seven artists for whom he proved a particularly important stimulus: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland, and David Hockney. With more than 150 illustrations and essays by leading experts in the field, this book will appeal to anyone interested in Picasso's long career or the development of modernism in Britain.
About the Author: James Beechey is an art historian and the author of Patrick Heron. Chris Stephens is curator of modern British art and head of displays at Tate Britain and the editor of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon.