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Roland PenroseThe Life of a Surrealist$
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James King

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414500.001.0001

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Life with a Virtuoso (1954–1966)

Life with a Virtuoso (1954–1966)

(p.224) Chapter Fourteen Life with a Virtuoso (1954–1966)
Roland Penrose

James King

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details events in Roland Penrose's life from 1954 to 1966. In 1953, Victor Gollancz invited Roland to research and write a life of Picasso. Modestly but accurately, Roland realised that he might indeed be able to write a good biography. That winter, Roland visited Picasso in Perpignan, where Picasso was staying with the Comte and Comtesse de Lazerne at their country mansion. Roland broached the question of a biography with Picasso: ‘I told him that I wanted to write a book about him. His reaction was more encouraging than I had dared to hope.’ Putting aside the important claims surrealism had made upon him personally, Roland attempted to come to a full understanding of all aspects of Picasso's career, especially his cubist and neoclassical periods. The resulting book, narrated from what Roland felt was Picasso's point of view, shows a remarkable understanding of a genius at work.

Keywords:   Roland Penrose, biography, Picasso

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