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113 Gertrude Stein 1874-1946
Picasso
Typescript with autograph corrections, 40 p., [1938]
A friendship that was to last forty-one years began late in 1905 when Picasso, at the time a struggling expatriate Spanish painter, went to dinner at the home of Gertrude and Leo Stein in Paris. Their growing close association led Picasso to paint, in 1906, his now famous portrait of Gertrude, which required some ninety sittings, and inspired her to write an extended personal essay devoted to Picasso, her most successful book during the late 1930s and, after The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, her best-known work. Not a conventional biographical study nor a critical approach to his paintings, the essay was rather an attempt by Stein to define the essence of the painter's genius. Originally written in French, with Alice Toklas correcting the grammar and spelling, Picasso was first published by Librairie Floury in Paris in March 1938 and in England by B. T. Batsford in October of the same year. Though she sent this corrected typescript of her English language version to Bennett Cerf, her New York publisher, Batsford had already sold the sheets to Scribner's who published the book in New York the following year.
Gift of Random House

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