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A Life of Picasso IV: The Minotaur Years by John Richardson
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Nov 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780307266668

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“[Richardson] set the standard for modern artists’ biographies…The fourth and final volume…is a worthy follow-up to its predecessors…[and] is just as rich, just as astounding…[Richardson] was a marvelous, no-nonsense prose stylist with a gift for bold character sketches, a fierce dedication to concrete facts, deep curiosity about images and a command of irony.” –Sebastian Smee, The Washington Post

“It was far from inevitable that Richardson’s books would become definitive…The biographer’s gift lay in fusing the personal and impersonal, his experience as an art student and jobbing critic, the stoic’s sense with an epicurean sensibility.” –Maxwell Carter, The Wall Street Journal

“Richardson’s youthful curiosity bore fruit in his multivolume Life of Picasso, the greatest biography of an artist ever written. The Minotaur Years, 1933-1945…marks the last installment in this heroic enterprise…packed…with improbable characters, astonishing revelations, and striking insights…The Minotaur Years represents the triumphant conclusion of a great biographer’s career.” –Pepe Karmel, Gagosian

“A fluent writer with a gift for narrative and a sensitive ability to read the artist’s work in relation to his life…The decade covered in this volume, which turns on Picasso’s identification with the part-beast, part-man mythical Minotaur, is a tumultuous one, both in public and in private life… [it is] deftly presented as Richardson moves from the man to his circle to his art to larger historical events.” –Siri Hustvedt, The New York Times Book Review

“In the immeasurably rich A Life of Picasso IV: The Minotaur Years 1933-1943, John Richardson resumes the artist’s story…[this] invaluable biographical portrait abounds with fresh insights.”
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“Clear and compelling, it carefully and fairly examines his life and art.” 
The Christian Science Monitor

“Personal and political collide in lively fourth volume of detailed biography…The Minotaur Years retells what might be considered a familiar story, but carries it off with a liveliness generated by short chapters, sharp judgements and occasionally waspish dismissals, all dispatched at pace. It is the fruit of 60 years of thinking, conversing and speculating about the artist, underpinned by detailed looking, research and investigation of his movements moment by moment.”
–Matthew Gale, The Art Newspaper

“Richardson not only captures Picasso’s genius in this work, but is brilliant himself in his observation and prose; reading his work can feel akin to standing in front of a great piece of art.”–Town and Country

“All the virtues of the first three volumes—the careful research and scrupulous deployment of information, and the often insightful discussion of works of art—are on display in volume IV.” –Karen Wilkin, The New Criterion

“A well-analyzed finale. …Richardson is strongest in his intensely detailed examination of Picasso’s works, major and minor alike…Fans of the series will find this a satisfying conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly

“The author’s unique, extensive knowledge and insider information about Picasso—both the man and artist—informs insightful explications of the nuances and symbolism in Picasso’s works….This final, lavishly illustrated volume softly slips away with Richardson continuing to chronicle Picasso obsessively creating. A quiet, satisfying ending to a masterful accomplishment.” –Kirkus Reviews

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