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The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Antony Penrose


'A must for children of all ages, whether grey haired or still of the biting variety' - The Art Newspaper

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The Boy Who Bit Picasso tells the true story of Antony Penrose – son of the photographer Lee Miller and the painter and writer Roland Penrose – and his childhood friendship with the great artist. Vividly recalled are the pair’s shared love of animals, enthusiasm for games and evident joy in art, as well as the many happy hours spent on Tony’s farm in England and in Picasso’s own cluttered houses and studios in France.

Enchanting illustrations accompany the text, including many artworks by Picasso, photographs by Lee Miller and specially commissioned drawings by children. An inspiring look at the creative practices of an artist, The Boy Who Bit Picasso is above all a nostalgic testament to friendship and happy days.

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'An inspirational mini-memoir for children'
Harper’s Bazaar

'Reveals a side to the 20th century’s most famous artist that you won’t have seen before, and that’s what makes it so special'
RPS Journal

'A gem'

'A rare glimpse into the personality of one of the most famous artists of the 20th century … fantastic'
British Museum Friends Magazine

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Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Illustrations: 67

Publication date: 9 August 2010

ISBN: 9780500238738

About the Author

Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, he is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents' former home, Farley Farm House. He has published a number of books including two collections of his mother’s photography, Lee Miller’s War and The Lives of Lee Miller, and some children's books.