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Roland Penrose: The Life of a Surrealist (Hardback)
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Roland Penrose: The Life of a Surrealist (Hardback)

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Hardback 552 Pages / Published: 15/05/2016
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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 modern art in England. 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, and his friendships with Max Ernst, Andre Breton and other surrealists, especially Paul Eluard. Penrose's conflicted relationship with Pablo Picasso, his tireless promotion of surrealism and the production of his own surrealist art are also discussed. Penrose's complex professional and personal lives are handled with a deftness of touch, including his pacifism, his work as a biographer and art historian, as well as his unconventionality, especially in his two marriages - including that to Lee Miller - and his numerous love affairs.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9781474414500
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 942 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 28 mm


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James King has produced a brilliant analysis of one of the most extraordinary, subtle and complex characters I have ever known. Roland Penrose was ruthless in his pursuit of the best, ruthless with anyone standing in the way of what he wanted to achieve, and yet genuinely tender in his rare ability to explain the art he loved, the art that he wanted you to love. He and his wife, Lee, were my first real tutors in the world of creativity, and I owe them a great and loving debt. This book is not just about a man, it is about an era, a change in our thinking, that in many ways set us free. -- Julian Fellowes




"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 Prodger, The Sunday Times


"King's is a model study of a deceptively elusive figure. It balances admiration with honesty, foreground with the wider Surrealist moment, practicality with aesthetics." -- Brian Moreton, The Herald


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