A Life Of Picasso: The Minotaur Years: 1933-1943

A Life Of Picasso: The Minotaur Years: 1933-1943


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The spectacular fourth volume of Picasso's life set in Paris, Normandy, and Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and WWII.

Based on original and exhaustive research from interviews and never-before-seen material in the Picasso family archives, Volume IV describes a wildly productive decade for Picasso: his ongoing involvement with the surrealists Man Ray, Dali, Paul Eluard and Andr� Breton on his Skira-backed magazine Minotaur; summers spent in the south of France at Juan-les-Pins and Mougins with the surrealists and their wives and girlfriends; the making of Minotauromachie; living in Nazi-occupied Paris, labeled a degenerate, prevented from exhibiting his work. During these years, Picasso, at long last, would legally separate from his wife Olga and their son Paulo would be sent to a Swiss clinic for therapy and rehab; Marie-Th�r�se would remain Picasso's mistress, but a stormy relationship with the photographer Dora Maar would be part of the mix, while Alice Paalen and Valentine Hugo would come and go. It is also the time in which Picasso would paint his masterwork, Guernica, unveiled at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.

Richardson tells Picasso's story through the art of this period, analyzing how it reflects the tenor of the artist's day-to-day life. The fascinating, accessible narrative immerses the reader in one of the most exciting artistic moments in twentieth century cultural history, and makes a groundbreaking contribution to the scholarship of the field.

Title:A Life Of Picasso: The Minotaur Years: 1933-1943
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  • Sam Gilbert

    Richardson’s unfinished life of Picasso shines a bright, loving, Mithraic light on the twentieth century’s most restless, brilliant, mischievous, metamorphic artist. One comes to love and execrate...

  • Ellen

    My husband gave me "A Life of Picasso: The Minotaur Years 1933-42" for my birthday, the fourth volume in the comprehensive set by John Richardson that was clearly meant to go one more book. Richardson...

  • Randy Lowe

    This was the shortest, and breeziest of the 4 volumes, and very clearly reflected the fact that Richardson, in his 90's, ran out of time. And possibly lost a bit of his art-historical edge as well. It...

  • Riet

    Dit is het laatste deel in deze serie over ht leven van Picasso, omdat de schrijver in 2019 is overleden. Dit is dan zijn vierde boek, handelend over de z.g. Minotaurperiode, van 1933 tot 1942. Net al...

  • Mejix

    John Richardson is always very enjoyable company. Knowleadgeable but also very down to earth, very humane. This last installment was a little bit undercooked at times. As I recall Richardson never int...

  • Barry Smirnoff

    Picasso biography during his political awakening 1933-43This is Volume 4 of Richardson’s biography. Integrates his life and work into a solid narrative. Guernica, the Spanish Civil War, and the Germ...