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A Life of Picasso Volume IV

A Life of Picasso Volume IV

The Minotaur Years: 1933-1943

By John Richardson

Hardback | ISBN 9780224031226

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The beautifully illustrated fourth volume of Picasso's life - set in France and Spain during the Spanish Civil War and World War II - covers friendships with the surrealist painters; artistic inspiration around Guernica and the Minotaur; his muses Marie-Ther se, Dora Maar and Fran oise Gilot; and much more.

'A masterpiece' Sunday Times

'Magisterial... thrilling' Guardian

'Terrifically enjoyable' Daily Telegraph

The beautifully illustrated, long-awaited final volume of John Richardson's magisterial Life of Picasso, drawing on original research from interviews and never-before-seen material in the Picasso family archives.

The Minotaur Years opens in 1933 with a visit by the Hungarian-French photographer Brassai to Picasso's ch teau in Normandy, Boisgeloup, where he would take his iconic photographs of the celebrated plaster busts of Picasso's lover Marie-Ther se Walter. Picasso was contributing to Andre Breton's Minotaur magazine and spending time with the likes of Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Lee Miller, and the poet Paul luard, in Paris and the south of France. It was during this time that Picasso began writing surrealist poetry and became obsessed with the image of himself as the mythic Minotaur.

Richardson shows us the artist being as prolific as ever, painting Walter, as well as the surrealist photographer Dora Maar, who became a muse, collaborator and lover. The bombing of Guernica in April 1937 would inspire Picasso's vast masterwork of the same name, which he painted in just a few weeks for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World's Fair. When the Nazis occupied Paris in 1940, Picasso chose to remain in the city despite the threat that his art would be confiscated. In 1943, Picasso met Fran oise Gilot who would replace Maar and inspire a brilliant new sequence of paintings.

As always, Richardson tells Picasso's story through his work, analysing how it shows what the artist was feeling and thinking. His fascinating and illuminating narrative immerses us in one of the most exciting moments in twentieth-century cultural history, and brings to a close the definitive and critically acclaimed biography of one of the world's most celebrated artists.


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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780224031226
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Width (mm): 190
Height (mm): 240
Depth (mm): 31

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