Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Mademoiselle Léonie dans une chaise longue, pl. 3 from the book, Saint Matorel by Max Jacob [Paris, Henry Kahnweiler, 1911], 1910
Kahnweiler, Editeur: Illustrated Books Published by the Legendary French Art Dealer
January 12, 2008 – May 25, 2008
The first in a series of three exhibitions that focuses on legendary publishers, Kahnweiler, Editeur showcases twelve books published between 1909 and 1928 by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884–1979). Kahnweiler was a German expatriate who opened his first gallery in Paris in 1907. Inspired by Ambroise Vollard, he made a lifelong commitment to publish books illustrated by his favorite artists, including André Derain, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and others. He viewed his publications as promotional tools to introduce the young artists to new collectors of the avant-garde. At the same time, he selected authors whose works had never before been published, including Guillaume Apollinaire, whom he paired with Derain for L’enchanteur pourrissant (1909), and André Malraux, whom he paired with Fernand Léger for Lunes en papier (1921). Kahnweiler published 36 books in his lifetime; the 12 featured in this exhibition are from the Reva and David Logan Collection of illustrated Books, a gift to FAMSF in 1998.