Pablo Picasso as Book Illustrator

Marcel Duchamp is arguably the most influential artist of the twentieth century, but most would concur that Pablo Picasso was the greatest. In innovation and output, Picasso as a painter, sculptor, draftsman and printmaker was without equal. He was also one of the greatest book illustrators of the twentieth century. There are three books in each of the previous two galleries to represent his earlier work from the years 1911 to 1930. This gallery, containing forty-one volumes, represents his prodigious activity as a book illustrator over the final five decades of his life. Working in etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint, lithography, and linoleum cut, Picasso explored a full array of artistic styles including Cubism, Classicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism.

Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece) by Honoré Balzac

Book with 1 original etching on Rives BFK wove paper, 16 pages of reproductions of drawings, 4 individual reproductions of drawings, 63 woodcuts. (Paris: Ambroise Vollard, Editeur, 1931).

Les Métamorphoses by Ovid

Book with 30 etching on Arches laid papers; loose in cream wove Japan wrappers with lettering on the front. (Lausanne: Albert Skira, 1931.)

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