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Roland Penrose : the life of a surrealist

Author: James King
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Roland Penrose, Sir.; Roland Penrose, Sir; Roland Penrose, Sir.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James King
ISBN: 9781474414500 1474414508
OCLC Number: 933722103
Description: xxiv, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.`Born a Quaker' (1900 --
1913) --
2.`This Fascinating Horror' (1914 --
1918) --
3.A Heretic in Training (1919 --
1922) --
4.Born Again (1922 --
1931) --
5.Insoluble Questions (1932 --
1935) --
6.`Let's Do Something'(1935 --
1936) --
7.The Modern Colossus (1936 --
1938) --
8.Aphrodite in Blue (1936 --
1938) --
9.On the Brink of War (1937 --
1939) --
10.Grim Glory (1939 --
1945) --
11.Post-War Blues (1945 --
1947) --
12.Re-defining Modernism (1946 --
1953) --
13.A Pastoral Retreat (1949 --
1953) --
14.Life with a Virtuoso (1954 --
1966) --
15.The Uninvited Guest (1966 --
1984).
Responsibility: James King.

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"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, Andre Breton and other surrealists, especially Paul Eluard, 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 Miro, Man Ray, and Tapies - 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."--Jacket.

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"Penrose lived the sort of rich full life that is pure gold for biographer... His (James King's biography) is a deft and informative unveiling of a life that was, in both senses, surreal." -- Michael Read more...

 
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