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  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448112531
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

A Life Of Picasso Volume III

The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

The magisterial third volume in John Richardson's prize-winning life of the great artist

Drawing on exhaustive research from interviews and unpublished archival material, John Richardson has produced the long-awaited third volume of the definitive biography, full of original, groundbreaking new insights into Picasso's life and work. His lively and incisive analysis of the work meshes seamlessly with the rich and detailed narrative of this complex and sensual life.

The Triumphant Years reveals Picasso at the height of his powers, producing not only the costumes and sets for such Diaghilev Ballets Russes productions as Parade and Tricorne but some of his most important sculpture and paintings. These are tumultuous years, Picasso torn between marital respectability with Olga, the Russian ballerina who was his first wife, and the erotic passion of his mistress, Marie-Therese.

This extraordinary biography ends with the completion of a dramatic series of drawings of the crucifixion. From then on the horrors of war would replace any private horrors, leading ultimately to Picasso's masterpiece, Guernica.

  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448112531
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

About the author

John Richardson

John Richardson was born in London in 1924. He studied art at the Slade School but soon gave up painting for art criticism. In 1949 he moved to France, where he lived for the next twelve years, befriending Picasso, Braque, Léger, and Cocteau. In the early 1960s Richardson moved to New York, where he was appointed head of Christie's US operation, and eventually became a full-time writer and editor. He has published books on Manet and Braque and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. The first volume of A Life of Picasso, covering the years 1881-1906, was published in 1991 and won the Whitbread Prize. The second volume of A Life of Picasso, covering the years 1907-1917, was published in 1996.

In 1993 Richardson was made a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 1994-95 he served as the Slade Professor of Art at Oxford. Currently he divides his time between Connecticut and New York City, where is working on the third and fourth volumes of A Life of Picasso.

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Praise for A Life Of Picasso Volume III

The latest instalment of the finest artistic biography ever written

Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times

No man is better qualified to write the biography of Picasso...he writes with such fluency, simplicity and clarity that his knowledge and illuminating wisdom are very lightly borne... A marvellous book

Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

Unmissably good

Tim Martin, 'Christmas Biography Choice' Daily Telegraph

Every page provides some insightful and fascinating information

William Boyd, 'Books of the Year', Sunday Herald

I love this tumultuous, mercurial, idiosyncratic cavalcade of a book... It is a book that manages to be simultaneously individual and authoritative, and makes one impatient for the next volume

Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

The most striking aspect of this surefooted account is the link that Richardson shows between the women in Picasso's life and the direction of his art

New Statesman

Out of the detail the man Picasso emerges, as startling as a character in any good novel...it is glorious to read the story of an artist which does not make the sins count for more than the paintings, does not forget the life while theorising the paintings to dust. Richardson is writing the life of Picasso without ever forgetting the point of him

Michael Pye, Scotsman

A monumental life of Picasso

Independent on Sunday

Richardson's argument, cogent, witty and persuasive, backed up by prodigious research and sumptuous illustrations, makes this herculean biography increasingly harsh, tough and uncomfortable to read


Gossipy, profound, insightful and non-judgmental, Richardson is terrific company. This volume joins its predecessors as unrivalled among artists' biographies

Financial Times

Richardson, a magisterial writer, brilliant critic and deliriously funny raconteur, is a unique, dazzling match for his subject

Financial Times

A colossal undertaking that has taken almost his whole life and will enrich yours forever

The Spectator

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