Pablo Picasso, ‘Pablo Picasso Minotaure’, 1933-1939, Gagosian Shop
Pablo Picasso, ‘Pablo Picasso Minotaure’, 1933-1939, Gagosian Shop
Pablo Picasso, ‘Pablo Picasso Minotaure’, 1933-1939, Gagosian Shop

Edited by Albert Skira

Folio bound in three half-morocco volumes with the original wrappers bound in; Complete set of 13 volumes in 11 issues.

A complete run of Minotaure, the Surrealist-oriented magazine published in Paris between 1933–39. The cover of the first issue was designed by Pablo Picasso and included the seminal essay “Picasso dans son élément” by André Breton illustrated with photographs by Brassaï. Later issues’s covers were designed by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, and Max Ernst. This groundbreaking periodical is one of the more complete documentary sources on the French avant-garde of the 1930s.

Publisher: Published by Editions Albert Skira, Paris

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France