French artist books in the 20th century

"I always tried to conceal my efforts and wished that my works had the lightness of spring.
No one could tell how much trouble that cost me." Henri Matisse

(c) Succession H. Matisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
Henri Matisse, from: Jazz, 1947, Screen printing, Tériade Editeur, Paris

The collection of 80 artist books with its 1000 or so prints contains, among other things, work complexes of Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. The collection highlights some of Picasso's fellow artists and contemporaries and thus ideally supplements the graphic inventory of the Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster.

Broad as it is, it offers an almost complete overview of the development of the French livre d' artiste in the 20th century. These are books for bibliophiles, illustrated with original works by prominent artists. Text and illustration in the French artist books can in many cases be seen as being of equal standing, and occasionally the artists embellish their own texts with pictures. It was towards the end of the 19th century that this type of elaborately designed book first appeared, mainly in France. The books were printed on high-quality paper in limited editions.

Joan Miró, aus: Paul Éluard A toute épreuve, 1958, farbiger Holzschnitt, Edition Gérald Cramer, Genf

Pablo Picasso, aus: José (Papa) Delgado (Pepe Illo), La Tauromachia, Radierung, 1959
Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona


Das französische Malerbuch im 20. Jahrhundert
Die Sammlung Classen
Der Bestandskatalog der Sammlung Classen ist  in
unserem Museumsshop erhältlich.