Christian Zervos (1889-1970). Pablo Picasso, Paris: Cahiers d'Art, 1942-1978. 34 volumes (with vol. 2 in 2 parts), complete set, mixed editions, of the essential work on Picasso. Original printed wrappers and glassine.
Each: 1278 x 10 in. (32.7 x 25.2 cm.)
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The Collection of James and Marilynn Alsdorf represents a notable achievement in the history of American connoisseurship. Steadily acquired throughout the latter half of the twentieth century by two of Chicago’s most important civic and cultural patrons, the Collection is unparalleled in its breadth and quality, illuminating the remarkable feats of human artistry across time and geography. For the Alsdorfs, collecting represented a unique opportunity for exploration, adventure, and the pursuit of beauty, extending from the art-filled rooms of their Chicago residence to distant continents and historic lands. The couple’s philosophy of collecting, as Marilynn Alsdorf explained, was simple yet profound: “We looked for objects,” she said, “to delight our eyes and souls….”

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