The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Picasso, Provence, and Douglas Cooper
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is John Richardson's vivid memoir of the time he spent living with and learning from the deeply knowledgeable and temperamental art collector, Douglas Cooper. For ten years the two entertained a circle of friends that included Jean Cocteau, W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, and, most intriguingly, Pablo Picasso. Compulsively readable and beautifully illustrated, this book is both a triple portrait of the author, Cooper, and Picasso, and a revealing look at a crucial artistic period.
Originally published by Knopf
1999 ISBN: 0-375-40033-8
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The sorcerer's apprentice: Picasso, Provence, and Douglas CooperUser Review - Book Verdict
In this remarkably candid memoir, the author of the ongoing, acclaimed A Life of Picasso recounts his own life with Douglas Cooper, his mentor in post-World War II France. Richardson was a young man when he met Cooper and became his confidante. Cooper renovated a villa in Castille, which became a social hub; his collection of cubist art was the best private collection in the world, and his opinions were widely sought after. Moreover, Cooper's exotic behavior earned him a favored place in Picasso's court, and Cooper and Richardson's friendship with the artist yielded many treasured gifts. It also gave the author a behind-the-scenes look at the art world and high society. But there was a dark side to Cooper, related by Richardson rather objectively, considering that when Richardson moved to America Cooper burned all his belongings. Perhaps the keenly observed Sorcerer's Apprentice signals a change in future volumes of A Life of Picasso, reflecting first-hand experiences more than secondary sources. Art watchers will revel in this seamless account, and the many illustrations and photographs add a personal touch to a public dialog. Recommended for general as well as specialized collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/99.]--Ellen Bates, New York ...
Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Picasso, Provence, and Douglas CooperUser Review - Goodreads
Very amusing...as long as one never had to actually deal with Douglas Cooper.
Army and Navy Child
Back on the Road
The Revelation of Castille
Miscreants Pets and Neighbors
A Trip with Picasso
Painters and Paintings
Picasso and Dora
Picasso and Jacqueline
The Sorcerers Apprentice
The Beginning of the End