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Robert Hughes has described Richardson's multivolume biography of Picasso as "a masterpiece in the making." In this collection of his best shorter pieces, culled from more than thirty years' artistic and literary commentary and reviews, Richardson demonstrates the same dazzling narrative style that has earned him the reputation as one of our foremost biographers.
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Random House
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Absolutely loved this book. Richardson has a unique voice - cutting, opinionated, playful - and writes his own brutal truth. The subject matter is fantastic: stories about artists and writers and their lesser-known but no less interesting companions. Much of the writing is reportage; Richardson tells of his sitting as a model for Lucien Freud or his summer spent with Truman Capote. Yet he manages to avoid the usual name-dropping, focusing instead on capturing the private side of his subjects. He ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Rena Sherwood rated it it was ok
Makes you hate the worlds of fine art, literature and design. Some funny bits about people you never heard of. But you need to have a fluent knowledge of French in order to get half of this book. Reading this was work and not play.
Sir John Patrick Richardson, KBE, is a British art historian and Picasso biographer. The elder son of Sir Wodehouse Richardson, he was sent to board at two successive schools after his father's death in 1929. When he was thirteen he became a boarder at Stowe school, where he admired the architecture and landscape and was taught something about the work of Picasso and other innovative painters. Aft ...moreMore about John Richardson...