John Finlay studied Art History and Theory at Essex University (1989-92) and received his MA (1993) and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (1998). He is a historian of French history, specialising in twentieth-century modern art. He has contributed to international journals, including the Burlington Magazine and Apollo Magazine (both UK), with articles on topics including Picasso, Giacometti, Cubism and Surrealism. His previous book Picasso's World (2011) is published by Goodman Books (London) and Larousse (as Le Monde de Picasso). He lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.