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Lead book review

Pablo Picasso in love and war

As Europe descended into chaos, the middle-aged Picasso remained as bullish as ever, says Craig Raine

2 April 2022

9:00 AM

2 April 2022

9:00 AM

A Life of Picasso, Volume IV: The Minotaur Years, 1933-43 John Richardson

Jonathan Cape, pp.320, 35

The decade 1933-43 was one of busy erotic multi-tasking by the deft and diminutive Pablo Picasso. It took him the best part of ten years to effect a separation from the reluctant Olga Khokhlova, his ex-ballerina wife, retired injured from the Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Legal proceedings were triggered by her discovery of Picasso’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter (aged 17 when Picasso picked her up in 1927 outside the Galeries Lafayette).

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