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John Richardson

John Richardson

Sir John Richardson, son of Sir Wodehouse Richardson, was born in London in 1924. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, then began writing for the New Statesman, Burlington Magazine, and other British journals. In 1950 he and the modern art collector and scholar Douglas Cooper moved to a château in the south of France, where Picasso was a frequent visitor. In 1980 Richardson began writing A Life of Picasso. The first volume was published in 1991, the second in 1996, and the third in 2010. He was appointed Slade Professor of Art at Oxford in 1995 and knighted by H.M. the Queen in 2012. He continues to live in New York, where he is completing the fourth volume of his Picasso biography.