Loving Picasso by Fernande Olivier
The Private Journal of Fernande Olivier

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Fernande Olivier was the first real love in the life of Pablo Picasso, and the years she spent with the great artist, 1904 to 1912, coincide with the period of some of his most revolutionary work. Here, in her compelling and revelatory journal, published for the first time in English, Olivier vividly depicts her turbulent relationship with Picasso and, in her letters to Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, sheds new light on the Parisian art scene of the early 20th century.

Loving Picasso brings Olivier’s memoirs to life with archival photographs, reproductions of her own artwork, paintings for which she modeled before she met Picasso, and a selection of superb portraits of her by Picasso himself. A foreword and notes by Picasso scholar Marilyn McCully set the journal and letters in context, and an epilogue by distinguished art historian and Picasso biographer John Richardson tells the story of Olivier’s life after her final breakup with Picasso.


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Published May 1, 2001 by Harry N. Abrams. 296 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Though it is called ''Loving Picasso,'' this attractive book -- containing a version of Fernande's early journals and later writings, with pictures and photographs -- is really more interesting about the woman herself, if only because Picasso's early life in Paris is already well known and docume...

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Publishers Weekly

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Beginning with journal entries chronicling her whim-based "downfall" and marriage to an abuser at 18, her life as a model in and around the Ecole des Beaux Arts and further venturings, Olivier finally meets (on page 137) "the Spanish painter who lives in our building" ("I don't find him particula...

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London Review of Books

With the regrets of hindsight she addressed her journal to his deaf ears: ‘Now that time has whitened the hair you loved, wrinkled the hands you loved, tarnished the laugh you also loved .

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Fernande Olivier, known mostly for being Picasso’s first major lover from 1905 until 1912, was a central figure in the Parisian art world of the early twentieth century.

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