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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Drawing on exhaustive research from interviews and unpublished archival material, John Richardson has produced the long-awaited third volume of the definitive biography, full of original, groundbreaking new insights into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.

Rome and Naples would inspire the classicism in Picasso’s work of the early twenties and Richardson reveals how the mercurial, witty Cocteau introduced him to the aristocratic and artistic world of Paris, including the de Noailles art patrons who backed the surrealist films of Buñuel and Dali. Picasso was amused by Tristan Tzara and the Dadaists but resisted the advances of André Breton and the Surrealists. Sara and Gerald Murphy, whom he met in the south of France, would introduce him to Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

With The Triumphant Years, Richardson has written a masterful and compelling biography full of valuable and intriguing research about the most important artist of the twentieth century.

Reviews

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

Observer

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781845951290

    February 1, 2009

    Pimlico

    608 pages

    RRP $59.99

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  • Hardback

    9780224031219

    December 3, 2007

    Jonathan Cape

    608 pages

    RRP $59.99

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  • EBook

    9781448112531

    September 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    608 pages

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Also by John Richardson

A Life of Picasso Volume II
A Life Of Picasso Volume I

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