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The Genesis of a Painting

Picasso's Guernica

Rudolf Arnheim


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Rudolf Arnheim explores the creative process through the sketches executed by Picasso for his mural Guernica. The drawings and paintings shown herein, as well as the photographs of the stages of the final painting, represent the complete visual record of the creative stages of a major work of art.

Praise For The Genesis of a Painting: Picasso's Guernica

"A unique combination of intuition and logical reasoning." 
— Journal of Aesthetics and Art History

University of California Press, 9780520250079, 150pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2006

About the Author

Rudolf Arnheim (1904—2007) was Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College. He was author of many books, including Art and Visual Perception, Film as Art, The Power of the Center, and Visual Thinking