Conversations with Picasso offers a remarkable vision of both Picasso and the entire artistic and intellectual milieu of wartime Paris, a vision provided by the gifted photographer and prolific author who spent the early portion of the 1940s photographing Picasso's work. Brassaï carefully and affectionately records each of his meetings and appointments with the great artist, building along the way a work of remarkable depth, intimate perspective, and great importance to anyone who truly wishes to understand Picasso and his world.
"An astonishing document. . . . Brassaï pitches his static, finished portraits of the master and friends into circumstantial, colloquial settings, a method that plunges the reader into the straitened, but vibrant, milieu of Picasso in Paris under Nazi Occupation. . . . Brassaï broke through the barrier between documentary and art."--James Malpas, Art Newspaper
"Memorable and charming. . . . Brassaï knew Picasso would be part of history, and he captures a slice of that history, intelligently and poetically, as it is being made."--San Diego Union-Tribune
Brassaï (born Gyula Halász, 1899--1984) was a photographer, journalist, and author of photographic monographs and literary works, including Letters to My Parents and Proust in the Power of Photography, both published by the University of Chicago Press.