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The Woman Who Always Loved Picasso

Julia Blackburn

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ISBN: 978 1 784109 18 9
Categories: Art, British, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: December 2019
216 x 135 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • It is unusual for Carcanet to produce an illustrated book, and in this case to host so distinguished an illustrator and designer as Jeff Fisher. His drawings animate the vivid voice of Marie-Therese, created with great immediacy by Julia Blackburn.

    Marie-Therese was seventeen when she met Picasso. He was forty six.The poems, simple in language – daubed as it were – make sense of Picasso’s love for this young woman who was, John Berger says,'the sexually most important affair of his life.' They assume the young woman’s voice, taking up the story at their first meeting. We recognise some of his great paintings in their occasions and formation. Three years after his death she took her own life.

    Julia Blackburn has written two novels (both shortlisted for the Orange Prize); a memoir, The Three of Us (winner of the J.R. Ackerley Award), and nine works of non-fiction of which the most recent, Time Song, was published by Cape in 2019.

    Julia Blackburn was born in London in 1948 to the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meri - she wrote on the topic of her unconventional upbringing in her memoir The Three of Us . She lives between Suffolk and Northern Italy and has two children with the sculptor ... read more
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