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Roland Penrose: The Life of a Surrealist

James King


As an artist, an impresario, a biographer and a collector, Roland Penrose (1900–1984) is a key figure in the study of modern art in England. This book explores the intricacies of Penrose's life and work, tracing the profound effects of his upbringing in a Quaker household on his values, the early influence of Roger Fry, and his friendships with Max Ernst, André Breton and other surrealists, especially Paul Éluard. Penrose's conflicted relationship with Pablo Picasso, his tireless promotion of surrealism and the production of his own surrealist art are also discussed. Penrose's complex professi ... More

Keywords: Roland Penrose, modern art, Roger Fry, Quakerism, Max Ernst, André Breton, Paul Éluard, surrealism, surrealist art, pacifism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474414500
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James King, author
McMaster University