Turning the Pages: Presentation copy of Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece), 1931
Pablo Picasso's The Unknown Masterpiece is an exuberantly illustrated rendition of Honoré de Balzac's nineteenth-century short story about the power and potential tragedy of artistic creation. Picasso drew numerous extra drawings in the margins and over existing prints to embellish this dedication copy for his publisher Henri Matarasso. In some cases, the wood engravings have become unrecognizable as the artist's flourish of color overwhelms the original image.
- Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu, published 1931
- Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu, published 1931
- Sculptor Before his Sculpture, with a Young Girl in a Turban and Sculpted Head, plate one from Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu, 1927, printed and published 1931