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Picasso's War by Hugh Eakin
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Sep 26, 2023 | ISBN 9780451498496

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“[Eakin] has mastered this material, read a mountain of sources and synthesized them skillfully, and he manages to braid aesthetics with history with personal details. . . . The book soars. His achievement is keeping the complex plotline moving, while offering sharp insights and astute judgments.”The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Eakin spins neglected yarns of art history into pure gold in this clear, sensitive, and deftly written narrative.”Vanity Fair

“Admirable and enjoyable . . .The story in Picasso’s War is well told, with an impressive level of biographical detail.”The New Yorker

“Rollicking and fascinating . . . The path to recognizing and canonizing great art is messy. Eakin documents this fact in fantastic fashion.”Foreign Policy

“An account that Eakin tells so well that, like any good novel, once you get into the story, it is hard to put the book down. He is a highly skilled writer who fully develops his characters. . . . In some instances, Eakin paints such a vivid picture of a given event that you feel as though you are in the room witnessing it.”The Brooklyn Rail

“This is an exciting story about a king gaining his crown. Hugh Eakin writes with natural authority but also with a novelist’s eye, ‘making it new’ with telling detail, deft portraits, and dramatic scenes.”—Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize–winning co-author of De Kooning

“Eakin is a marvelous writer. Fascinating, eloquent, wonderfully lucid, Picasso’s War will change whatever we thought we knew about modern art and its complicated reception on this side of the Atlantic.”—Francine Prose, author of The Vixen

“There will always be more to say about Picasso. Eakin’s book throws new light on the prolonged and often fierce opposition to his work—and to modern art—in the United States. Eakin focuses on the tiny group of supporters, each of whom comes vividly to life on the page, who fought and eventually routed the anti-modernists.”—Calvin Tomkins, author of Duchamp

“Eakin tells an intriguing and gripping story with clarity and finely judged pace. His portraits of the main players are astute and fascinating, as is his picture of a changing America.”—Colm Tóibín, author of The Magician

“At once a compulsive, vivid history about America’s mercurial culture and an incisive meditation on art, ambition, power, and the spoils of war, this is an important, groundbreaking book.”—Abbott Kahler, author of The Ghosts of Eden Park (as Karen Abbott)

“A dramatic narrative and a brilliant, timely corrective of the history of Picasso’s reception in America, Eakin’s roller-coaster ride through twentieth-century art reminds us that Picasso’s triumph was very far from inevitable.”—Gijs van Hensbergen, author of Guernica

“Chock full of suspense and brilliantly rendered, this will have art connoisseurs transfixed.”Publishers Weekly

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