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John Richardson
John Richardson

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John Richardson was born in 1924. He studied art at the Slade School but soon gave up painting for art criticism. In 1949 he moved to Provence, where he helped the collector Douglas Cooper transform the Château de Castille near Avignon into a private museum of cubist painting. For the next twelve years he lived in France where he became friends with Picasso, Braque, Léger, and Cocteau. With Picasso's encouragement he embarked on an analytic study of the artist's portraits, part of which is incorporated in the present biography.

 

In the early 1960s Richardson went to live in New York City where...

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A Life of Picasso
The Prodigy, 1881-1906
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $30.00

As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso's widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso's studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work.

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A Life of Picasso
The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $32.50

In The Cubist Rebel, 1907–1916, the second volume of his Life of Picasso, John Richardson reveals the young Picasso in the Baudelairean role of “the painter of modern life”—a role that stipulated the brothel as the noblest subject for a modern artist. Hence his great breakthrough painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, with... Read more >
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A Life of Picasso
The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
Written by John Richardson


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 24, 2008
Price: $22.99

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A Life of Picasso
The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $30.00

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... Read more >
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Wacousta

Written by John Richardson


Format: eBook, 589 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $1.99

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Wacousta
A Tale of the Canadas
Written by John Richardson
Afterword by James Reaney


Format: Trade Paperback, 600 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $22.95

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