Pablo Picasso Le Chant des morts 1945–48, published 1948

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Picasso and poet Pierre Reverdy became friends in the early 1910s. Reverdy composed these poems during World War II, and they are written here in his hand; Picasso responded with illuminations. The book’s publisher, Tériade, was an admirer of illuminated manuscripts, and many of the books he published with artists feature handwritten texts.

Gallery label from Picasso: Themes and Variations, March 28–September 30, 2010 .
Pierre Reverdy
Illustrated book with 123 lithographs (including wrapper)
composition (see child records): dimensions vary; page: 16 9/16 × 12 5/8" (42 × 32 cm)
Tériade, Paris
Mourlot, Paris
The Louis E. Stern Collection
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© 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Illustrated Book
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