A Life Of Picasso Volume III: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007
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'Chock-full of facts and anecdotes[...] this is a fitting tribute to arguably the most important artist of the 20th century' -- Sunday Express
'The art biography of the year' -- The Times
'characteristically brilliant aside[s]... for Richardson's doubtless eye-opening take on [Guernica]... we shall have to wait for volume four' -- New Statesman
'enthralling mixture of glorious anecdotes, fact and interpretation' -- Sunday Times
'the mass of meticulously documented information spread between text and footnotes will be an invaluable resource' -- Guardian
`Every page provides some insightful and fascinating information' -- Wliiam Boyd, Sunday Herald
`No man is better qualified to write the biography of Picasso...such fluency, simplicity, clarity...knowledge and illuminating wisdom...marvellous'
-- Evening Standard
`Richardson's engaging capacity to combine expeditionary diversions with strategic direction emerges in his epilogue'
-- The Art Book
`a monumental life of Picasso' -- Independent on Sunday
`unmissably good' -- Tim Martin, Telegraph
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The Triumphant Years, 1917 - 1932, covers a period of tumult and triumph in Picasso's life. Along with his friend poet Jean Cocteau Picasso has gone to Rome . He has agreed to do the decor for Diaghiliev's ballet Parade. While he had hoped to be married in Rome, Picasso's from time to time mistress changed her mind. Enter Olga Khokhlova, a lady like ballerina who was as "unbeddable as the `nice' Malaguena girls that his family had tried to foist on him."
There was naught to do but marry her - a marriage that may have begun in heaven but descended into hell with the deterioration of Olga's health and psychological condition. In 1927 he met 17-year-old Marie-Therese Walter, a young beauty with whom he became obsessed. Thus began an intense love for Marie-Therese and unbridled hatred for Olga, emotions which Richardson ties to figure paintings done during that time.
Picasso's 50th birthday, according to Richardson, was both a milestone and a millstone as the artist was driven to somehow stem the passage of years with work.Read more ›
While Picasso was alive, very little was said in books about his mistreatment of women and the motives behind his paintings of his wives and lovers. While his second life was alive, people were still pretty circumspect on this point. But now we know that Picasso was louse when it came to women and his family. This book gives you the full story of his first marriage, relationship with his young mistress who inspired so many joyous works, Marie-Therese Walter, and his constant attraction to prostitutes.
There are some other surprises in this book including how central his work with ballet was in creating interest in his paintings and sculptures. It was through Diaghilev that Picasso met his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, a ballerina in the Ballets Russes. Picasso decided it was time to settle down and marry. Despite having had long relationships with women before, he now was looking for someone who would help make him respectable.Read more ›
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Very attractive paperback version of the third volume of this pre-eminent biography. As well as having an excellent text the book contains numerous illustrations and photographs,... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by Coolcat
Part 3 of a brilliant biographical achievment by John Richardson...........but he has a long way to go yet to get to 1972 and the end of Picassos amazing life ..Good Luck JohnPublished on 5 Jan. 2011 by John Morgan