Over the course of two decades, John Richardson chronicled the life of his friend Pablo Picasso, and this fourth volume finds the Spanish painter in his artistic prime, creating his masterpiece Guernica. Contributing to the periodical Minotaur and befriending Surrealists André Breton and Paul Eluard, Picasso also sought inspiration in a series of talented muses that included Dora Maar and Françoise Gilot. Along with 48 pages of color illustrations, this detailed and anecdotal biography contains more than 200 rare black and white photographs, showing a down-to-earth Picasso in the company of his family and friends.
"[Richardson] set the standard for modern artists' biographies…. [He] was a marvelous, no-nonsense prose stylist with a gift for bold character sketches, a fierce dedication to concrete facts, deep curiosity about images and a command of irony."—Washington Post