Cahiers d'Art republishes 'Pablo Picasso'
33 volumes featuring over 16,000 images
A new, revised edition of Pablo Picasso by Christian Zervos has recently been republished by Cahiers d'Art.
The original book was published in 1978, following a 45 year collaboration between Cahiers d'art founder Christian Zervos and Picasso that began in 1932. The book still remains the most trusted source of the legendary Picasso's work, with 33 volumes containing over 16,000 works from the artist's history.
Christian Zervos was a Greek-born critic and collector who became a central part of the Parisian art scene in the first half of the 20th century. In 1926, he launched a publishing house and gallery, Cahiers d'Art, which displayed an assortment of both classic and modern art, such as Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, and Marcel Duchamp.
Zervos died in 1970, and only now, due to Cahiers d'Art's new owner, Swedish art collector Staffan Ahrenberg, will the reissued catalogue of Pablo Picasso by Christian Zervos be republished. Ahrenberg reveals: "It is an essential piece of information and an iconic work that was made over 45 years. It's the Bible of Picasso."
The republished version will be identical to the original, and for the first time in its history, will be translated from French into English. Commenting on the $20,000 price tag, Ahrenberg noted: "We priced it quite low - it may sound expensive - but it's 33 volumes, it weighs 130 kilos. It's a serious thing when you buy it. It's never been below $40,000, so it's kind of a bargain."