Miles J. Unger writes on art, books, and culture for The Economist. Formerly the managing editor of Art New England, he was a contributing writer to The New York Times. He is the author of Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World; The Watercolors of Winslow Homer; Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici; Machiavelli: A Biography; and Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces. Visit MilesJunger.com.
"The birth of modernism a century ago was one of history's
greatest moments of creative disruption, including Einstein's
physics, Stravinsky's music, and the writings of Joyce and Proust.
One major spark was an astonishing painting by Picasso, and Miles
Unger brings us both the drama and brilliance of that creation in
this thrilling book." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da
"Riveting. . . . This engrossing book chronicles with precision and enthusiasm a painting with lasting impact in today's art world." * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
"An engrossing read. . . . Unger draws not just from his own wide knowledge and considered taste but from an imposing array of journals, memoirs, biographies and periodicals. From these he offers a historically and psychologically rich account of the young Picasso and his coteries in Barcelona and Paris."
-- Alexander C. Kafka * The Washington Post *
"Illuminating." -- Barbara Spindel * Christian Science Monitor *
"[A] vibrant biography. . . . Unger succeeds in making Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the book's titular painting, accessible. Heady modern art is made over as approachable and exciting." * Booklist *
"Bohemian Montmartre comes brilliantly to life, as do the artist's struggles." * The New Yorker *