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John Richardson

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
Written by John Richardson
Knopf | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$30.00/38.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71149-7 (0-375-71149-X)

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. 800 photos. Read more






A Life of Picasso
Written by John Richardson
Knopf | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$32.50/39.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71150-3 (0-375-71150-3)

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






A Life of Picasso
Written by John Richardson
Knopf | Trade Paperback | October 2010
$30.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71151-0 (0-375-71151-1)

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






Wacousta
Written by John Richardson, Afterword by James Reaney
New Canadian Library | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$22.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-7710-9406-4 (0-7710-9406-X)

Set in the 1760s at the time of Pontiac’s Indian alliance against the British, Wacousta combines elements of revenge tragedy and gothic romance in reconstructing a violent episode in Canadian frontier history. In Major John Richardson’s vivid depiction, Pontiac’s campaign against Fort Detroit is masterminded by the mysterious Wacousta, a Byronic... Read more





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