Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential, important, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. He was born in Málaga, Spain in 1881 but lived most of his life in Paris. He co-founded Cubism with Georges Braque in the early 1900s in Paris and became associated with many influential members of the Parisian Avant-Garde including Gertrude and Leo Stein, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Serge Diaghilev, and Henri Matisse. Picasso is known for his fascination with his many lovers, who served as muses throughout his career. In 1927, he began an affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, which was the subject of a 2011 exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. He passed away in 1973 at the age of 91.
Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L'Amour Fou was published by Rizzoli New York in June 2011 to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Gagosian Gallery. It was edited by Picasso scholars John Richardson and Elizabeth Cowling and Diana Widmaier Picasso, the daughter of Picasso and Marie-Therese.