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Roland Penrose
Roland Penrose
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Roland Penrose

The Life of a Surrealist
James King
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Roland Penrose

The Life of a Surrealist
James King
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The first biography of Roland Penrose, one of the great English-born practitioners of modernism in the twentieth century

As an artist, an impresario, a biographer and a collector, Roland Penrose (1900-1984) is a key figure in the study of art in England from 1920 to 1984. In the first biography of Penrose, acclaimed biographer James King 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, his friendships with Max Ernst, André Breton and other surrealists, especially Paul Éluard, his organization of the landmark International Surrealist Exhibition in the summer of 1936, his conflicted relationship with Pablo Picasso, and his tireless promotion of surrealism as well as the production of his own surrealist art. With a deftness of touch, King traces Penrose's complex professional and personal lives, including his pacifism, his work as a biographer – including his outstanding life of Picasso as well as those of Miró, Man Ray, and Tapiès – and as an art historian, as well as his unconventionality, especially in his two marriages – including that to Lee Miller –and his numerous love affairs.

Key Features

  • The first biography of Roland Penrose and his role in the development of surrealism
  • Evaluates Penrose as an artist in his own right
  • Presents Penrose in the context of a rural modernist environment
  • Points to a deep divide in Penrose between his career as a modernist painter and his work as a promoter of modernism, a chasm central to Penrose's existence
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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
2016
ISBN
9781474414517
Topic
Art
Subtopic
Artist Biographies
Edition
1

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