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Title: Picasso : theatre artist
Author: Lynch, Shawna Yvonne
Date: 2012-09-27
Publisher: University of Missouri--Kansas City
Abstract: Picasso: Theatre Artist is centered upon Pablo Picasso‟s work in the theatrical field. Pablo Picasso is internationally known as a Spanish painter who championed the Cubist perspective in graphic art. However, his extensive work with the theatre in various aspects of the field classifies him as a valid theatre artist. This thesis examines early theatrical influences in Picasso‟s life, his designs for the theatre and his writing. A brief synopsis of Picasso‟s life in chronological sequence is given with emphasis on people, places, and events that relate to Picasso‟s career as a theatrical artist. This initial chapter elaborates upon Picasso‟s connection with literary and theatrical individuals such as Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Serge Diaghilev and Les Ballets Russes, and André Breton. Secondly, Picasso‟s designs for the stage are presented in chronological order: Parade, Le Tricorne, Pulcinella, Cuadro Flamenco, Antigone, Mercure, Le Train Bleu, Oedipus Rex, Afternoon of a Faun, Icare. This section provides detailed descriptions of Picasso‟s designs, synopses of the productions, collaborations with Serge Diaghilev and Les Ballets Russes and Jean Cocteau, and information about the premieres of the productions with mention of audience reaction and possible influence upon future theatrical ventures. Then, Picasso‟s plays, Four Little Girls and Desire Caught by the Tail, are analyzed with consideration given to influences upon Picasso‟s writing, the plays, and concepts arising from the text.

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