The Easel

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso’s biographer who has died at 95

Richardson was an intellectual aesthete, a “protean citizen of the art world”. His close friendship with Picasso led to an acclaimed biography, a “vast monument” to the artist.  “One of the problems is that whatever you say about him, the reverse is also true. The more I find, the more I dig, the greater he becomes.” A revealing excerpt, about Picasso and his first wife, is here.