recommend me a good book about picasso

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it needn't be a biography though it could be if you like. i just wanna read something about the p-man!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 15:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Volume 1


And Volume 2

and buy the nice hardback copies with all the great pictures.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 16:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wow, those look great!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 16:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

John Berger's The Success and Failure of Picasso.

Eazy (Eazy), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 16:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Berger book is first-rate.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

huh, maybe i will start with that, as it is significantly cheaper!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have Mailer's "Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man" - lots of sex/love and some nice illustrations and colour pics. And Mailer's style, of course. If you want to borrow it after the Berger or whenever, you may!

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The girls would turn the color of an avocado
when he would drive down their streets in his El Dorado.

elmo, patron saint of nausea (allocryptic), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Richardson books are expensive but they are also a! With more pictures!

There's a great book by his wife....title escapes me...hold on while I go to bookshelf...
oh yeah...haha...My Life With Picasso! It's excellent and I often see it in s/h bookshops for a couple of quid.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 17:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Arianna Huffington, as I recall, also wrote a biography of Picasso that got a lot of press... "Huffington v. Richardson" kind of thing. There was a great article in the New York review of books (or Vanity Fair, or the New Yorker...) that compared them. Not as easy as ordering from Amazon but one of those articles that you still remember 10 or 15 years later.

Mitya (mitya), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that huffington book is basically one of those "every single detail in this book proves the subject was a complete raving asshole" hatchet jobs. it's fun to read though.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Richardson books are pretty awesome

dr lulu (dr lulu), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I see the third Richardson volume is finally scheduled for December 2006!

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 20:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know if this is that articlebut it does compare some of the various biographies mentioned above.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry, seemed to haved fckd that up...anyway it came down pretty much in favour of the Richardson book.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

haha, i was just gonna ask. but IS that article avail anywhere?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What about the g-man s1ocki? Giacometti: A biography by James Lord is fantastic too.

dr lulu (dr lulu), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bring it on!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

xpost - I think volumes 3 & 4 are permanantly delayed sadly. The Amazon date for publishing looks like wishful thinking. Richardson is getting on himself. I hope I'm proved wrong obviously.

He also presented a C4 prog about Picasso which was made into a DVD.
I only saw part of this, but I remember it being excellent.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just wanna second and third the Berger recommendation. great book.

killy (baby lenin pin), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't find that article, but the New York Review of Books does have an amazing archive available to subscribers and some articles available for free, including this great little article (from 1964!) attacking Richardson for attacking Gilot (My Life with Picasso) and then Richardson replying to his attacker.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I also notice there's a whole load of the Berger book available on Abebooks right now for around the dollar mark, bargain!

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

then it's berger time!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Have you read Patrick O'Brian's biography of him? I haven't, but I love Patrick O'Brian so much and I've got it lying around here somewhere. I will read it, I swear.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 07:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Second the Berger if you want an idiosyncratic introduction that will occasionally astonish you with its insights and just as often make you want to throw it against the wall at the wrong-headedness of its author. Very short, and none the worse for that, but the illustrations are inevitably small and many in black and white in my edition.

First two volumes of the Richardson are sitting in my bookcases barely flicked through after several years. Not that I don't think they will be good, but they would need a big commitment of time, and so far I haven't found it. So about 60 quids worth of unread book.

frankiemachine, Wednesday, 15 March 2006 09:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

the p-man

Princess TamTam, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 23:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

John Richardson RIP. I wonder if he managed to complete the (excellent) biography.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:03 (two months ago) Permalink

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