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.
Book with 66 etchings and aquatints on Richard-de-Bas laid paper, watermarked "La Célestine;" parchment covered boards.
Book with 2 drypoints: 1 on ancient Japan paper, suite of1 on China paper; loose in Arches wove wrappers; covered with parchment.
Book with 4 drypoint images on Lana wove paper (watermarked with the word "Lana" and a ram's head); wooden boards with burgundy ties.