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Paperback Life with Picasso Book

ISBN: 0385261861

ISBN13: 9780385261869

Life with Picasso

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Francoise Gilot met Picasso during the German occupation of Paris, she was twenty-one, he was sixty-two.??For nearly a decade, Gilot shared her life with this giant of the art world, giving birth to two of his children, working as his model, and sharing his world.??This uniquely candid and vivid memoir takes readers behind the Piccasso legend to meet the man.

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One of the most interesting books I have read on Picasso.

(.....please take note that due to legal constraints, there was no public tie made between this book and the movie "Surviving Picasso" starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore - I just wanted to give you all a little footnote here, because that movie *is* this book, virtually scene by scene, and almost word for word....and they did a fantastic job.) This is a beautifully articulate book. I have read it four times. If you have interest in the mentality of Pablo Picasso, this book is one of a handful which you should take the time out to consume. It goes without saying that being written by an ex-lover there is some bias involved. I'm not so much a fan of the man's work, but I have always been fascinated with his psyche. Francoise Gilot is a very dynamic and insightful person and her work is as interesting to appreciate as her writing.

Great perspective, from a person who knew first hand.

The best book on Picasso I have read. Francoise Gilot, wife to Picasso and a painter, writes possibly with better insight than Picasso himself could, and certainly any other "outside of the circle" biographer could, about Picasso's manner of painting, his personality and lifestyle, his motivations and a good part of his life. Excellent, excellent book.

Easy read, good insight

Wonderful, wonderful book - it stands on its own as an enjoyable read about a mesmerizing woman (the author Francoise Gilot) and provides great insight into the phenomenon and genius of Pablo Picasso. The "total recall" in this book is truly amazing -- I found myself wondering through the first half of the book how could anyone remember in such detail situations, phrases, words from more than 20 years ago. But luckily for all of us Gilot does remember and, in addition, she's got a clear talent for writing, interesting personality, deep understanding and love for Picasso, individuality, strength and grace. The insights into Picasso's life and work together with Gilot's personality are a superb material for a great biographical and art book. The result is amazing. I found the description of Paris in the background an added bonus. I wish there were more photos in the book. If you feel the same, go to the very personal Picasso museum in Paris, or/and watch the movie Life with Picasso (with Anthony Hopkins).

If you have interest in Picasso's techniques read this book

Gilot's representation of her time with Picasso is obviously the product of in depth journals. The potrayal of his monologues and mannerisms are detailed to a very fine degree. Overlooked, by the majority of reviewers of this work, is her painstaking detail into his artistic process. The level of detail she provides regarding the techniques Picasso used eclipses any other Picasso biography. Gilot documented his work with oils, sculpture, etching and many other mediums. Always the focus of reviews are Picasso as the great abuser, the great manipulator. Focus always seems to placed on the physcological aspects of his art, his life and their relationship. Seldom is the emphasis placed on the technical nature of this work. It is a large portion on this book. It is what really makes it worth the read...

Knowing the woman behind the man

I'm a huge fan of biographies and art. Given this book as a present from a friend, I LOVED it. It makes one wonder - how do biographers DARE write about people they never knew?! This is such an intimate portrait of a man - by a woman with an insight into what made him tick and an appreciation of his talents both artistic and human. Although Picasso is portrayed as an egomaniac, abusive and unapproachable - which no doubt was a part of him - the general public tends to overlook the intricacy of his personality and the reasons behind his behavior. Francois Gilot gave such a beautiful portrait of their relationship - and although it may just be the romantic side of me - I believe their love was true and she understood him and related on a somewhat more equal plane than any of his other lovers. Read the book - it's not the average Picasso's a jerk book.
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