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Trevor Stark on Picasso

In the summer of 1910, in the Spanish fishing town of Cadaqués, Pablo Picasso reduced his drawing practice to a limited toolkit of visual signs: a linear framework, half-moon curves, and schematic shading. This work has provided a convenient hinge in narratives of Picasso’s relationship to abstraction. Trevor Stark, a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, examines the connections between these works and the newspaper collages the artist began in the winter of 1912.