By John Richardson
From 1950 to 1962, John Richardson lived close to Picasso in France and was once a chum of the artist. so one can writing a biography, the acclaimed paintings historian saved a diary in their conferences. After Picasso’s demise, his widow Jacqueline collaborated within the training of this paintings, giving Richardson entry to Picasso’s studio and papers. quantity one in every of this remarkable 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 previous legends to supply clean insights into the inventive mess ups of Picasso’s father as an impetus to his sons’s triumphs; and comprises photographs of Apollinaire, Max Jacob and Gertrude Stein, who made up "The Picasso Gang" in Paris throughout the "Blue" and "Rose" sessions.
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Dr. Salvador may have been well-off by the standards of the day, but he had children of his own to support and was too tight-fisted to be counted on for lavish handouts. Since don José’s income from teaching was barely enough to I feed his family, let alone keep up appearances—all-important in bour-l geois Malaga—the unfortunate artist, now fifty-two, had no choice but to I press yet again for a transfer. This time strings were pulled in earnest—thanks to his Loring connec-1 tions, Dr. Salvador had a lot of influence—and don José’s transfer went I through.
Later in life Picasso enjoyed giving a spirited account of these events, and he would finish his tale in characteristically mocking fashion with a description—which certainly originated from don José—of how, a few days after the earthquake, Alfonso XII paid a state visit to the devastated city; and how Munoz Degrain and his companion, Moreno Carbonero, the well-known painter (whom Picasso remembered watching at work on an elaborate academic painting in the bullring), happened to return by train from Rome the same day as the king arrived from Madrid, and were convinced that the flags and bunting were in their honor, not the king’s.
Archivo Diaz de Escovar, Malaga. Opposite: Plaza de la Merced, Malaga. The apartment where Picasso was born is behind the trees at center, on the comer by the church of La Merced. Archivo Temboury, Malaga. His mother, dona Maria, Picasso claimed, was no more than conven tionally pious; however, she had a special devotion to the Virgin de la Merced, and belonged to the Hermandad de la Victoria, a lay sisterhood. Realizing that everyone’s hopes were pinned upon her, she prayed hard to have a son—the first male heir for either side of the family.
A Life of Picasso Volume I: 1881-1906 by John Richardson