Catalogue cover

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Published by Black Dog Publishing, London, May 2016.


Available in bookshops and online.



The Art Centre Basel is pleased to present the accompanying catalogue for our exhibition ‘Picasso: The Artist and His Muses’ at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, from June 11, 2016 – October 02, 2016.


Taking a fresh approach to one of the twentieth century’s greater artists ‘Picasso: The Artist and His Muses’ introduces the women who shaped his art. Numerous portraits by Picasso uncover the distinctive personalities of these six key muses – Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. In addition to undertaking their own creative pursuits, these women each heralded a drastic transformation of Picasso’s work.

Critical texts by leading art writers and Picasso scholars shed light on the women behind the muses and concurrently provide an in-depth commentary on the enduring concept of artistic inspiration, encouraging readers to engage with Picasso beyond the traditional discourse.



Editor: Katharina Beisiegel


Contributing authors: Laurence Madeline (Chief Curator, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, formerly Musée Picasso, Paris), Cécile Godefroy (Art Historian and Associate Researcher to the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Bruxelles), Diana Widmaier Picasso (Art Historian), Vérane Tasseau (Art Historian), Gertje Utley (Independent Art Historian and Author of ’Picasso: The Communist Years’, New York 2000), Catherine Soussloff (Professor of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at University of British Columbia, Vancouver).



English edition, 160 pages with 120 black & white and colour illustrations, paperback, 30 x 24 cm,

ISBN: 9781910433843