|"The figure of Picasso
has for almost half a century stood for more than artist; it has stood
for the whole challenge which the concept modern throws, not
merely to our complacency, but to the supposedly basic way of living and
thinking to which we have adhered for centuries. With the advent of war,
Picasso, with this almost universal quality of his nature, became all at
once a symbol of the effect of war on the spiritual integrity, even
life, of the individual human being."
[PICASSO, Pablo]. JANIS, Harriet and
Sidney. Picasso. The Recent Years 1939-1946. Garden City, New York:
Doubleday & Co., 1947. Quarto, original half-cloth gilt over buckram
boards, original slipcase. Text in English. $2400.
Signed limited edition, one of
only 350 copies signed by Picasso. With 135 black and white illustrated
plates of Picasso's work. An interesting presentation and commentary on
Picasso's major works during the Second World War. Some soiling to
boards, a hint of dampstaining to first few leaves; slipcase heavily
repaired with tape. A rare signed copy.