“[A] totally Interesting volume, one of the vital illuminating we now have had on the mind and spirit of Picasso.” —Irving Stone, Los Angeles Times
“Françoise Gilot’s gift of total recall turns out scarcely human, however in her account of the 10 years she spent with Picasso…the whole thing he said to her about his work rings true even in English.” —Robert Melville, New Statesman
“Interesting and good, and the most important to the figuring out of Picasso.” —John Richardson, creator of A Lifetime of Picasso
“A useful interior view of a genius on the fireplace.” —The Observer
“Even supposing there may be a lot anguish to be discovered…there also are moments of tenderness and elation, forming what should be one of the vital agonizingly truthful and one of the vital touching accounts of the Lifetime of a painter within the history of art.” —Jean Boggs, The Art Bulletin
“What it’s like if truth be told to reside with probably the most publicized artist in history—as chauffeur, secretary, scholar, companion, mother, lover, and ex-lover—is now told for the primary time.” —Selden Rodman, Saturday Evaluation
“The portrait of Picasso that emerges…has a monumentality, a richness and variety and intensity of being that may have been captured most effective through a lady of unusual gifts.” —Paul Pickrel,Harper’s Mag
“She is an excellent witness to Picasso as an artist and to his perspectives on art….Picasso’s intentions, his method of working and his fearless invention are brilliantly found out.” —Aline Saarinen, The New York Times Book Evaluation
“Astonishing, crowded, intimate…a biographer of true Boswellian blood…a powerful portrait, painted with wisdom that comes most effective from absolute intimacy, of a captivating monster, a geyser of energy, a posh character…. We’re shown photos of Malraux, Cocteau, Matisse, Hemingway…Gertrude Stein, Braque, Paul Éluard, Giacometti, Gide, Aragon, Chagall, Leger, Chaplin…. The reader feels that he’s in Picasso’s studio, and now and then even in Picasso’s mind.” —Clifton Fadiman, Book-of-the-Month Club News
“[The]world owes Miss Gilot an immense debt, in addition to a salute for what can most effective be described as a sensational talent to report and comprehend.” —Emily Genauer, New York Bring in Tribune
Carlton Lake (1915–2006) used to be an art critic and collector, and the Paris art critic for The Christian Science Monitor. He contributed essays, short tales, and conversations with Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Henry Moore, and Giacometti to a few publications. He donated his huge number of art—350,000 French literary fabrics—to the Harry Ransom Middle on the College of Austin, where Lake used to be once the director and where the pieces can nonetheless be viewed as of late.
Lisa Alther is the creator of six novels, a memoir, a brief story assortment, and the book About Ladies: Conversations Between a Author and a Painter, co-authored with Françoise Gilot. She lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.