Author: John Richardson

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Book:A Life of Picasso: Volume 1. 1881-1906

A Life of Picasso: Volume 1. The Prodigy, 1881-1906

John Richardson

From 1950 to 1962, the author lived near Picasso in France and was a friend of the artist. With a view to writing a biography, the art historian kept a diary of their meetings. After Picasso’s death, his widow Jacqueline collaborated in the preparation of this work, giving the author access to the artist’s studio and papers.

Volume one of this four volume biography establishes the complexity of Picasso’s Spanish roots; his aversion to his native Malaga and his passion for Barcelona and Catalan “modernisme”. The author introduces new material on the artist’s early training in religious art; re-examines old legends to provide fresh insights into the artistic failures of Picasso’s father as an impetus to his sons’s triumphs; and includes portraits of Apollinaire, Max Jacob and Gertrude Stein, who made up “The Picasso Gang” in Paris during the “Blue” and “Rose” periods.

Book:A Life of Picasso: Volume 3. 1917-1932

A Life of Picasso: Volume 3. The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

John Richardson

The long-awaited third volume of John Richardson’s definitive biography of Pablo Picasso combines the critical astuteness, exhaustive research, and stunning narrative that made the first two volumes an art-historical breakthrough as well as a pleasure to read. As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso’s widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso’s studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work.

Book:A Life of Picasso: Volume 2. 1907-1917

A Life of Picasso: Volume 2. The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916

John Richardson

In this volume we see the artist’s life and work during the crucial decade of 1907–17, a period during which Picasso and Georges Braque devised what has come to be known as cubism and in doing so engendered modernism. Thanks to the author’s friendship with Picasso and some of the women in his life, as well as Braque and their dealer, D. H. Kahnweiler, and other associates, he has had access to untapped sources and unpublished material. In The Cubist Rebel, Richardson also introduces us to key figures in Picasso’s life who have been totally overlooked by previous biographers. Among these are the artist’s Chilean patron, collector, and mother figure, Eugenia Errázuriz, as well as two fiancées: the loveable Geneviève Laporte and the promiscuous bisexual painter Irène Lagut.

Book:A Life of Picasso series

A Life of Picasso series

John Richardson

As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso’s widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso’s studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work.

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