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PICASSO, Pablo.

The Masterpiece Guernica.

Together with Drawings and Studies for the benefit of the Spanish Refugee Relief Campaign. Honorary Chairman - Hon. Harold L. Ickes.

[New York]: Valentine Gallery, [1939] Stock Code: 142304
£650.00
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Scarce first edition of this production presented to accompany the exhibition of Picasso's Guernica at the Valentine Gallery to raise funds for the Spanish Refugee Relief Campaign, put on by the American Artists' Congress.

Founded in 1936, the AAC was part of the Popular Front, an umbrella group of organisations run by the American Communist Party to provide a cultural bulwark against the rise of fascism and the prospect of war. A key focus of its activity was its support for the Loyalist cause in Spain, and to aid that cause Picasso's Guernica was exhibited in New York from 5 May to 27 May 1939, also demonstrating the group's opposition to the United States' Loyalist arms embargo. Dorothy Parker is mentioned as co-chair of the sponsoring committee, and listed among the other sponsors are: Ernest Hemingway, Rockwell Kent, Simon Guggenheim, Pierre Matisse (son of the artist), Georgia O'Keeffe, Carl van Vechten and Max Weber. We can locate only two other copies institutionally (MOMA, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art).

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Description

Quarto, pp. [8]. Original white card wrappers, front wrapper printed in black.

Illustrations

Photographic portrait of Picasso at work, double page spread of the painting Guernica itself, 2 full page reproductions of Picasso's art.

Condition

Contemporary ownership sticker of Mrs Robert Wyness Millar to front wrapper. Wrappers slightly marked, light tanning and rubbing to edges. A very good copy, contents clean and unmarked.

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