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A Life of Picasso Volume II By John Richardson

A Life of Picasso Volume II by John Richardson

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Intends to recreate the Pablo Picasso's life and work during the decade of 1907-17 - a period during which the artist and Georges Braque invented Cubism and to that extent engendered modernism. Bringing a fresh light to bear on the artist's sensationalised private life, this title presents a view of this paradoxical man of his paradoxical work.

A Life of Picasso Volume II Summary

A Life of Picasso Volume II: 1907 1917: The Painter of Modern Life by John Richardson

John Richardson draws on the same combination of lively writing, critical astuteness, exhaustive research, and personal experience which made a bestseller out of the first volume and vividly recreates the artist's life and work during the crucial decade of 1907-17 - a period during which Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque invented Cubism and to that extent engendered modernism.

Richardson has had unique access to untapped sources and unpublished material. By harnessing biography to art history, he has managed to crack the code of cubism more successfully than any of his predecessors. And by bringing a fresh light to bear on the artist's often too sensationalised private life, he has succeeded in coming up with a totally new view of this paradoxical man of his paradoxical work. Never before has Picasso's prodigious technique, his incisive vision and not least his sardonic humour been analysed with such clarity.

A Life of Picasso Volume II Reviews

John Richardson's second volume on Picasso confirms what his first suggested: that this is a masterpiece in the making, the most illuminating biography yet written on a twentieth-century visual artist... A continuous pleasure to read -- Robert Hughes
Magisterial...Richardson's ambitious project dwarfs all previous biographies of Picasso... [He] has a gift for telling pen-portraits and makes vivid an entire gallery of pioneering dealers and early collectors. -- Frances Spalding * Sunday Times *
Richardson covers [the] momentous ten years from 1907 to the end of the First World War with great elegance and quiet authority... What makes the two published volumes so outstanding is the sense of Picasso the man emerging - in all his complexity - alongside the superb analysis of Picasso the artist -- William Boyd * Spectator *

About John Richardson

John Richardson has written books on Manet and Braque, and has been a contributor to the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. The first volume of his Life of Picasso won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1991. In 1993 he was made a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 1994 - 95 he served as the Slade Professor of Art at Oxford University. He lives between Conneticut and New York City.

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NGR9781845951566
9781845951566
1845951565
A Life of Picasso Volume II: 1907 1917: The Painter of Modern Life by John Richardson
New
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2009-02-05
512
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