Picasso, Pablo. Hard Cover. Paris: Éditions Cercle d'Art, 1962. First Edition. Fine.
Illustrated with 165 reproductions of Picasso's work, including drawings from his notebook, printed in black and white, and separate drawings paintings, printed in color. First edition, first printing. Publisher's beige cloth, illustrated in red and green after drawing by Picasso with his facsimile signature; in the publisher's original slipcase. Book about fine with a touch of toning to spine; slipcase with some wear and bumping to extremities, a few scuffs to front board, and toning to spine. Overall, a beautiful copy. This large volume documents Picasso's study of Edouard Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863), with descriptive text by the art historian Douglas Cooper. Notably, Manet's painting is itself a study of the 1510 painting Fête Champêtre, by the Renaissance painter Giorgione of Venice. Though each painter's work appears clearly in his own style, their use of composition and color ties the paintings together; the works are characterized by the positioning of a group of four figures, two clothed and two nude, and a lush, green background, suggesting an outdoor scene. Picasso's series consists of 27 paintings and accompanying sketches, many of individual figures and poses, and all based on interpretations of Manet's original work. Notably, Picasso spent the latter part of his career doing studies like this, resulting in new interpretations of paintings by artists like Goya, Poussin, and Delacroix.