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(PICASSO, Pablo.) BALZAC, Honoré de.
Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.
Paris: Ambroise Vollard, Éditeur,, 1931. Illustrated by Picasso, in a project which changed his life Folio. Original unstitched stiff wrappers and loose sheets, as issued, with the original dust jacket and glassine. Housed in a custom green cloth chemise within green cloth slipcase, red morocco labels to spine. Illustrated throughout by Pablo Picasso, with a further 13 etched plates by the artist loosely inserted with tissue-guards, as issued. Light rubbing to slipcase. Sporadic very light foxing to contents. A fine copy. Limited edition, number 171 of 240 copies printed on Rives paper, from a total edition of 340 copies (of which 65 were printed on imperial japon and signed, and 35 for private distribution and numbered using roman numerals). In 1926 Picasso was commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard to do a series of illustrations for Balzac's novella Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu. Picasso became obsessed with the novella's theme and plot, which details a painter's determination to create a masterpiece. Picasso executed 13 etchings for the book, etchings that do not illustrate the events of the story, instead dealing with the novel's deeper meaning, especially the various elements of an artist's relationship with their model. Initially he produced 12 etchings, but as a consequence of his loose interpretation, Vollard requested a 13th etching to serve as a table for the original 12, imposing a form of order. In addition to the etchings, the text is illustrated throughout with other designs by Picasso: 16 pages of dot and line drawings taken from a book of sketches wh … [Click Below for Full Description]
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