By John Richardson
John Richardson attracts at the related mix of energetic writing, serious astuteness, exhaustive study, and private adventure which made a bestseller out of the 1st quantity and vividly recreates the artist’s existence and paintings through the the most important decade of 1907-17 - a interval within which Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque invented Cubism and to that volume engendered modernism. Richardson has had precise entry to untapped resources and unpublished fabric. by way of harnessing biography to artwork background, he has controlled to crack the code of cubism extra effectively than any of his predecessors. And by means of bringing a clean gentle to endure at the artist’s usually too sensationalised deepest lifestyles, he has succeeded in arising with a unconditionally new view of this paradoxical guy of his paradoxical paintings. by no means ahead of has Picasso’s prodigious method, his incisive imaginative and prescient and never least his sardonic humour been analysed with such readability.
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Stein’s claim to have seen the canvas in a virgin state dates from some thirty years later, when his grudge against Picasso had long since metastasized. Since the Demoiselles was relined sometime in the 1920s or early 1930s there is no knowing what exactly happened. Why did Picasso lie about this visit to the Ethnographical Museum and its effect on his work? One look at the Demoiselles confirms that the tribalf ization of the heads on the right—the most striking, not to say shocking, Picasso. Study for Nu à la draperie, 1907.
This is not enough to establish the required ambivalence. In its boldness and primitivism, the Large Nude constitutes a milestone in Braque’s early development. It is the first move in the game of cooperation and oneupmanship that is the subtext of his and Picasso's cubism. That Picasso worked on the Nu à la draperie until the end of August is confirmed by a study for it (or possibly after it) on a page of a magazine, Le Vieux Marcheur, dated August 23. 3 1 The Steins would buy the painting off the easel when they returned from Italy, in September; in 1913 they would sell it to Sergei Shchukin.
36 Lo'ie Fuller performing her serpentine dance in the 1890s. RAYMONDE Above: Picasso. Nit a la draperie, 1907. Oil on canvas, 152x101cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Above right: Braque. Large Nude, spring, 1908. Oil on canvas, 140x100cm. Alex Maguy, Paris. Matisse. Blue Nude, early 1907. 4cm. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Cone Collection. 37 A LIFE OF PICASSO Picasso. Standing Nude with Stick, May, 1907. 5cm. Musée Picasso. Picasso. Head (drawn on Le Vieux Marcheur), 1907. 5x9cm.
A LIFE OF PICASSO VOLUME II: 1907-1917 by John Richardson