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Follow link for an enlarged imageViva Picasso: A Centennial Celebration 1881-1981 (1980) / view images from this book

From the book jacket text:
No other book has ever revealed so clearly the character of a world-renowned personality as does this definitive photographic portrait of Pablo Picasso. For nearly twenty years David Douglas Duncan was an intimate friend of Picasso and his family. From the tens of thousands of photographs he took in the artist's last three studio-homes, Duncan has selected 150 of his favorite pictures, some world-famous, many never before published, to celebrate the artist's centennial year. Here we see Picasso at work, and at play — painting, dancing, enjoying private moments with his wife, children, and friends. Through these extraordinary photographs, reproduced in duotone and full color, and the delightfully candid text, we can feel the vitality of this great man, watch while he creates a masterpiece, and sense the warmth and emotional depth of a genius whose work affected the entire course of modern art and the design of much that surrounds us in our everyday life.