Pablo Picasso, ‘Tristan Tzara, L'Antitête. Cahiers libres, Paris, 1933’, Christie's
Pablo Picasso, ‘Tristan Tzara, L'Antitête. Cahiers libres, Paris, 1933’, Christie's

Title page, text in French, table of contents and justification page, signed in purple ink by the author and the artist on the justification page, copy 11 of 15 (a deluxe hors-commerce example containing the etching), in very good condition, the sheet edges gilded, bound, with original printed paper wrappers and binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin with matching chemise and yellow portfolio box. 7 ½ x 5 5/8 in. (192 x 143 mm.)

Bloch 249; Baer 280; Cramer Books 21

Werner Bokelberg Collection

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