Illustrated book, unbound with 31 plates, housed in green paper over boards chemise, and green paper over boards slipcase; artist and author name on spine of chemise

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Histoire naturelle: Eaux-fortes originales pour les textes de Buffon (Natural History: Original Etchings for Buffon's Text), 1936 (published 1942)

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In 1936, the Parisian publisher Ambrose Vollard commissioned Picasso to create a suite of etchings to illustrate texts from Histoire naturelle (Natural History), the encyclopedic eighteenth-century publication written by renowned French naturalist and author Georges Louis Leclerc, the comte de Buffon. Using a range of intaglio techniques that included etching, drypoint, and lift ground aquatint, a process that allowed for subtle gradations of tone, Picasso created a personal menagerie of animals, birds, and insects for the project. The 31 etched plates were printed in 1937, but the project was postponed after the unexpected death of Vollard in 1939. Vollard's associate Martin Fabiani later revived the project and the volume was published in 1942. A highly prolific printmaker, Picasso completed more than 34,000 illustrations during his long career. Histoire naturelle ranks among his most engaging graphic works.

Details
Title
Histoire naturelle: Eaux-fortes originales pour les textes de Buffon (Natural History: Original Etchings for Buffon's Text)
Artist Life
(active France), 1881–1973
Role
Artist
Accession Number
B.87.1
Provenance
Bruce B. Dayton, Wayzata, MInn.; given to MIA, 1987.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bloch 328–358, Baer 575–605, Cramer 37
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Illustrated book, unbound with 31 plates, housed in green paper over boards chemise, and green paper over boards slipcase; artist and author name on spine of chemise

© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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