A Life of Picasso:1881-1906

A Life of Picasso:1881-1906

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by John Richardson, Marilyn McCully
     
 

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Widely praised as the best treatment of Picasso's life and work to date, this Volume I of A Life of Picasso explores the 20th-century artist's Spanish roots, his intensely Andalusian nature, and his passion for Barcelona, where he became a hero of the Catalan modernista movement before moving to France in 1904. Richardson's chronicle of Picasso's early years in Paris,… See more details below

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Widely praised as the best treatment of Picasso's life and work to date, this Volume I of A Life of Picasso explores the 20th-century artist's Spanish roots, his intensely Andalusian nature, and his passion for Barcelona, where he became a hero of the Catalan modernista movement before moving to France in 1904. Richardson's chronicle of Picasso's early years in Paris, which encompassed the Blue and Rose periods, includes revealing accounts of the artist's complex relationships with Apollinaire, Max Jacob, and Gertrude Stein. Copiously illustrated in black and white.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Remarkably intimate yet epic in sweep, this astonishing, continually engaging biography (first installment of a four-volume opus) neither glorifies Picasso nor paints him as an ogre. Richardson, who was the artist's close friend in France for a decade, attributes to Picasso's ``demonic Andalusian birthright'' his jolting oscillations between tenderness and cruelty, his self-dramatization, his harnessing of sexuality to his art. Like his much-maligned father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, an easy-going art teacher, Pablo, in Barcelona and Montmarte, was the star of a tertulia , a circle of cronies, who met regularly at a cafe to gossip and exchange views. As we watch the maternally overprotected prodigy transform himself into the daring, confident bohemian who took Paris by storm, Richardson ably untangles the skeinok of friendships and love affairs that Picasso transmuted into the personal mythology overflowing his canvases. Crammed with new insights, this synthesis weds an irresistible narrative to hundreds of wonderfully apposite photographs and art reproductions. It's one of the few books truly indispensable to understanding Picasso's artistic and spiritual growth. (Feb.)
Hilton Kramer
"A major event...It will stand as a challenge to future biographers--and not only biographers of Picasso--for many years to come."--The Washington Post Book World
Hughes, Robert
"Richardson gives a richly informed and lucid account of the dynamics of Picasso's growth, neither sparing his failures nor losing sight of his quintessential Spanishness. The story pulls like a locomotive."--Time
Flam, Jack
"Richardson's Life of Picasso is so absorbing and stimulating, so detailed and so evenhanded, that it should remain the standard biography for many years to come...Richardson integrates his discussion of individual paintings into a nearly seamless narrative account of Picasso's life, and manages to accomplish the ultimate in biographical legerdemain: to treat the life and the work equally."--The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394531922
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/20/1991
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
8.53(w) x 10.38(h) x 1.44(d)

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