Plausible Portraits of James Lord With Commentary by the Model

James Lord

Farrar, Straus and Giroux




224 Pages



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Over the course of his life as a friend and confidant of artists and collectors, and as a lover of art himself, James Lord has written some of the best accounts we have of modern aesthetic genius; his biography of Giacometti was widely acclaimed for succeeding, in the words of one reviewer, "in every way as one of the most readable, fascinating and informative documents, not just on the artist, but on art and artists in general" (The Washington Times). Through his connection with the twentieth century's great artist, it was natural that Lord should himself become the object of the artist's gaze. In fact, from the time he was a young man, Lord sat for many of the major and minor painters and photographers of his day, including Balthus, Cocteau, Cartier-Bresson, Freud, Giacometti, and Picasso—in all but one case at the artist's request. In Plausible Portraits Lord gathers his reflections alongside these images, penetrating the mind of artist and model alike in a sequence of illuminating double portraits of two artists at work.


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Plausible Portraits of James Lord
PICASSOPablo Picasso was the preeminent portraitist of his period. In terms merely of quantity he was probably the preeminent portraitist of all time. And from the first, the features he most consistently commanded his talent to portray were his own. Already well before the age of twenty he had produced self-portraits inscribed, "I, the King." His passionate infatuation with self-representation knew no boundary, and over the coming three-quarters of a century thousands of images of himself in various guises spilled spontaneously from his fingertips. Even when
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  • James Lord

  • James Lord was an acclaimed American author who lived in France for many years. His books include A Giacometti Portrait, Giacometti: A Biography, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and four volumes of memoirs. In recognition of his contribution to French culture, he was made an officer of the Legion of Honor.