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Picasso Bon Vivant [Hardcover]

Ermine Herscher
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Sept. 15 1996
Pablo Picasso's love of food profoundly affected his life and art. Picasso Bon Vivant tells the stories behind the artist's favorite meals in Spain, Paris, and the Midi. The regional fare of cafes and bars, and the elaborate dinners prepared by his wives and friends find their way into this fascinating account that includes 50 recipes. 140 illustrations, 40 in color.

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An unexpected collusion of sorts with the recent release of the movie Surviving Picasso (starring Anthony Hopkins) is French journalist Herscher's portrait of the artist as a gourmand. Despite the title, she tracks Picasso's life, warts and all, in three geographic segments--Spain, Paris, and the Midi--without an overt emphasis on food. Friendships, artistic growth, and romantic liaisons are the main courses; if capped by memories and notes on meals, so much the better. Familiar names--Apollinaire, the Steins, Cocteau, et al.--and familiar works parade through this heavily illustrated reverie. And so do more than 50 recipes, all symbolic of the artist's ties to three locales. A feast for the eyes but not necessarily for the stomach. Barbara Jacobs

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This is a well-illustrated account of Picasso's loves in terms of fish dishes and friends. Some good history of Picasso's life, places he lived, and locations in Spain and France. Most Picasso lovers (except the lovers he dined with) don't know that he painted FISH, --fat, lovely, blue fish, around ceramic plates, a primitively suggestive version of the effective style used later in the DINNER PARTY by feminist artist Judy Chicago. Picasso's fish have inspired the integration of visual arts with performance arts in some children's "integrated arts" programs, with cut out glow in the dark fish we call "Picasso Fish." Art teachers and art lovers, take note: lots of good recipes here!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eating Beauty: Picasso's Gourmet Fish and Recipes Aug. 1 2001
By Sarah Marx - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well-illustrated account of Picasso's loves in terms of fish dishes and friends. Some good history of Picasso's life, places he lived, and locations in Spain and France. Most Picasso lovers (except the lovers he dined with) don't know that he painted FISH, --fat, lovely, blue fish, around ceramic plates, a primitively suggestive version of the effective style used later in the DINNER PARTY by feminist artist Judy Chicago. Picasso's fish have inspired the integration of visual arts with performance arts in some children's "integrated arts" programs, with cut out glow in the dark fish we call "Picasso Fish." Art teachers and art lovers, take note: lots of good recipes here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift art book for the Picasso/Foodie lovers. A perfect hybrid. Feb. 13 2013
By Den NC USA - Published on Amazon.com
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FIrst, this is a fine art book via Rizzoli (8x11", 192 pgs), yet a true historical recipe/food book. In fact, a beautiful hybrid.

I have many Picasso books, and this one didn't fail to amuse and enlighten me with many facts, and photos I hadn't seen.

Well-written by Ermine Herscher with Agnes Carbonell, beautiful food photos by Dennis Amon and Marianne Lemince. Thanks to Rizolli, we have the English verison that is wonderful.

Simply put, if Picasso or fine European dining are on your agenda, or more perfectly, both and the history of Picasso's rise to fame in Paris, then get one for yourself, and think of it as a perfect UNDER $10 GIFT. There are many used like new in that price range.

Anyone you give it to will thank you profusely, and hopefully, invite you over to enjoy one of the many full dinners profiled in its glorious pages.
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