By John Richardson

From 1950 to 1962, John Richardson lived close to Picasso in France and was once a pal of the artist. so as to writing a biography, the acclaimed artwork historian stored a diary in their conferences. After Picasso’s loss of life, his widow Jacqueline collaborated within the training of this paintings, giving Richardson entry to Picasso’s studio and papers. quantity certainly one of this striking biography establishes the complexity of Picasso’s Spanish roots; his aversion to his local Malaga and his ardour for Barcelona and Catalan "modernisme". Richardson introduces new fabric at the artist’s early education in non secular paintings; re-examines outdated legends to supply clean insights into the creative disasters of Picasso’s father as an impetus to his sons’s triumphs; and comprises graphics of Apollinaire, Max Jacob and Gertrude Stein, who made up "The Picasso Gang" in Paris throughout the "Blue" and "Rose" classes.

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Below: Picasso. Plaster Cast of an Ann. Corunna, 1894. Charcoal and conte crayon on paper, 45x34 cm. Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

Nobody paid much attention. In March 1894 he exhibited with his assistant Navarro and a young artist, Gonzalo Branas. But Barrero, the critic of La Voz de Galicia, reviewed his work, including the painting of an orange branch, less enthusiastically than the local artists’ canvases. He had slightly better luck in June, when he exhibited yet again with Navarro and another Galician friend, Souto. But in October, when he showed with Sanz at a stationer’s on the Calle Real, he was once more damned with faint praise.

The little eye of the pigeon is round like an 0. Underneath the 0 a 6. Underneath that a 3- The eyes are like 2’s, and so are the wangs. The little feet rest on the table, as if on a horizontal line. . ” 29 In fact the mathematical test involved division rather than addition. Not that it matters, for once again the partly apocryphal story is interesting for the insights it provides into the artist’s labyrinthine mind rather than for 33 A LIFE OF PICASSO José Ruiz Blasco. Musée Picasso, Paris.

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