Pablo Picasso Original Illustrated Book:
Vingt Poemes (Twenty Poems)
by Luis de Gongora y Argote
Les Grands Peintres Modernes et le Livre, Paris
The complete set of 41 full sheet, unsigned etchings and lift ground aquatints, hors-texte, title page, text in French, and justification, on Marais watermark Gongora, edition of 250 (there were also 25 hors commerce copies).
Bloch 476 - 516, Baer 738 - 779, Cramer 51
In this Pablo Picasso Illustrated Book, often refered to as "The Gongora Suite," Picasso was inspired by the compositions of illuminated manuscripts. Picasso copied the 20 sonnets himself, transferred them to copperplates, and then decorated them richly with remarques. Each poem is preceded by a full-page etching, mostly heads of women.