By John Richardson
John Richardson attracts at the related blend of full of life writing, serious astuteness, exhaustive examine, and private adventure which made a bestseller out of the 1st quantity and vividly recreates the artist’s lifestyles and paintings throughout the an important decade of 1907-17 - a interval in which Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque invented Cubism and to that quantity engendered modernism. Richardson has had specified entry to untapped assets and unpublished fabric. via harnessing biography to paintings heritage, he has controlled to crack the code of cubism extra effectively than any of his predecessors. And via bringing a clean mild to undergo at the artist’s frequently too sensationalised inner most lifestyles, he has succeeded in bobbing up with a unconditionally new view of this paradoxical guy of his paradoxical paintings. by no means ahead of has Picasso’s prodigious approach, his incisive imaginative and prescient and never least his sardonic humour been analysed with such readability.
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Watercolor and pencil on paper, 31x24 cm. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Cone Collection. "1 To understand Picasso’s revisionism, we have to go back to his first public repudiation of African art, in 1920, a time when he was in thrall to classical sculpture, and to that extent in reaction against primitivism. It was not so much tribal sculpture as the vogue for it that had put him against it. These magical objects had taken the place of Tanagra figures as a decorator's cliché. The astute dealer Paul Guillaume was largely to blame for making tribal art le dernier cri.
Then again, one might take Picasso’s paradox more seriously if all but one of the thirty or more studies relating to this painting were not so emphatically vertical. One in particular shows a nude standing on a dais in such an impossible contrapposto pose—her left leg would have to be twice as long to hold it—that she is obliged to support herself on a stick. The scandal caused by Matisse’s Blue Nude at the Indépendants had evidently spurred Picasso into going one better, and this standing/sleeping figure is the result.
Early in March, 1907, Pieret made his first raid on the Louvre. , stealing—in the museum. ”45 She assumed he was going shopping in the Magasin du Louvre, the department store. Her story gives the lie to Pieret’s claim that theft never crossed his mind until he had entered the museum and realized the lack of security—a lack no where greater than in the antiquities section. This is where, on that fateful day, he just happened to find himself alone except for a solitary, sleepy guard. His article goes on to describe how he was about to move up to the floor above when he noticed a half-open door, which led to a room full of Egyptian antiquities.
A LIFE OF PICASSO VOLUME II: 1907-1917 by John Richardson