Annie Cohen-Solal: Picasso the Foreigner: An Artist in France, 1900–1973
This is the first American edition of Annie Cohen-Solal’s award-winning book Un étranger nommé Picasso, translated from the French by Sam Taylor. In this groundbreaking account of Pablo Picasso’s life, Cohen-Solal draws from previously untapped archival sources to focus on his status as a permanent outsider in France. Constantly surveilled by the French police after 1901, he was stigmatized as a foreigner, an alleged anarchist, and an avant-garde artist.
Contextualizing Picasso’s career in relation to figures and institutions around him, Cohen-Solal discusses the poverty of the artist’s early years in Paris and his life through the political tensions of World War I, the Nazi occupation, and Cold War rivalries. As Picasso’s international reputation grew, his art was largely excluded from French public collections until late in his career. Refused naturalization in 1940, he would never again apply for French citizenship. And he would preserve his agency by leaving Paris for good in 1955, prioritizing the provinces over the capital and strategically donating his work to regional museums.