A Life of Picasso

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A Life of Picasso

The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

By John Richardson

Alfred A. Knopf, Paperback, 9780375711510, 592pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

Now in paperback: the third volume of John Richardson's magisterial "Life of Picasso.
Here is Picasso at the height of his powers in Rome and Naples, producing the sets and costumes with Cocteau for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and visiting Pompei where the antique statuary fuel his obsession with classicism; in Paris, creating some of his most important sculpture and painting as part of a group that included Braque, Apollinaire, Miro, and Breton; spending summers in the South of France in the company of Gerald and Sara Murphy, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. These are the years of his marriage to the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova the mother of his only legitimate child, Paulo and of his passionate affair with Marie-Therese Walter, who was, as well, his model and muse.
A groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.

About the Author
John Richardson is the author of a memoir, "The Sorcerer s Apprentice, "and "Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters, "an essay collection; he also writes for "The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, "and "Vanity Fair. "In 1995 96 he served as the Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford University. He divides his time between Connecticut and New York City."