Surviving the charnel house

The end of the painter–Minotaur
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May 2022, no. 442
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A Life of Picasso: The minotaur years, 1933–1943 by John Richardson

Jonathan Cape, $75 hb, 308 pp

Surviving the charnel house

The end of the painter–Minotaur
by
May 2022, no. 442
Pablo Picasso (photograph via Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy)
Pablo Picasso (photograph via Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy)

Sir John Richardson published the first volume of his monumental A Life of Picasso: The prodigy, 1881–1906, in 1991. The second volume, The painter of modern life, 1907–1917 illuminating the Cubist years, followed in 1996. The next volume, The triumphant years, 1917–1932, appeared eleven years later and gave rise to speculation as to how Richardson, then seventy-three, could complete his ambitious task with nearly thirty years of prodigious production on the artist’s part still to be covered. Now we have the fourth and final volume, The minotaur years, published posthumously – Richardson died in 2019 – with a lot of assistance. It’s the shortest, least compelling volume of the series.

Patrick McCaughey reviews ‘A Life of Picasso: The minotaur years, 1933–1943’ by John Richardson

A Life of Picasso: The minotaur years, 1933–1943

by John Richardson

Jonathan Cape, $75 hb, 308 pp

Buy this book

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