What You Don't Know About Picasso

Five facts about Picasso you never knew from the author of his new biography, John Richardson

John Richardson is more familiar with the artist than anyone else. In the third volume of his massive biography (Knopf) he recounts these details:

1. PICASSO WAS VERY SUPERSTITIOUS

In later years he refused to let his wife hand down his old clothes to his gardener, lest some of his genius rub off.

2. HE HATED DRIVING

He worried that it could damage his hands. His luxurious Hispano-Suiza limousine, the last word in automotive bling at the time, was always chauffeur-driven.

3. HE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH COCO CHANEL

And she would have liked it to have gone on. Years later...

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