Exchanges / Session 1 / 21 February / 7 p.m.

Esteban Pujals Pujals and Valentín Roma

The Success and Failure of Picasso

Both Esteban Pujals and Valentín Roma pointed out a strong contradiction as a driving force in the critical development of The Success and Failure of Picasso, which John Berger wrote in 1965. In effect, Berger emerges as a passionate admirer of Picasso’s painting whose love of the work made it impossible for him to forgive him for having become the paradigm of the rich and vain misanthropic artist. Berger’s book is also the portrait of a betrayal.

Esteban Pujals - Professor of English Literature at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Valentín Roma - art historian, curator and professor of aesthetics