Pablo Picasso PICASSO, PABLO
Pablo Picasso
Georges Hugnet

Paris: published by the author, 1941.

Oblong 24mo, one sheet folded, title on recto of first leaf. With six zincographs, three reworked with engraving by the artist. From an edition of 200, this is a deluxe copy on Rives wove paper, signed by the artist and author. In place of a number, Hugnet has written, “exemplaire d'auteur.” The colophon states that only 26 deluxe copies were signed by the artist and author. Hugnet wrote this poem while living in Paris, prior to joining the resistance. During this time he enjoyed visits from Picasso, who was living in Royan. For the poem which bears his name, Picasso made wash “illuminations” and reworked the plates with engravings, the most noted of which are images of three women's heads and the ample body of a woman enfolding Hugnet's Surrealist text. This pamphlet was clandestinely distributed to the author's friends at the beginning of the German occupation. An unopened copy in a contemporary folding box.

Goeppert 35; Georgel 83, 84

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