Pablo Picasso | Pierre Reverdy, Le Chant des Morts, Paris (1948) Lithographs printed by Mouriot Freres

Pablo Picasso | Pierre Reverdy, Le Chant des Morts, Paris (1948) Lithographs printed by Mouriot Freres

Pablo Picasso | Pierre Reverdy, Le Chant des Morts, Paris (1948) Lithographs printed by Mouriot Freres

Surrealism, Cubism, Classical Revival
V&A Museum. Reverdy composed his ‘Song of the Dead’ during WW2 when he participated in the French Resistance. Rather than illustrating the text, Picasso flooded the page with scarlet brush-strokes, like a reader’s marginal emphases. The publisher (Teriade, Stratos Eleftheriadis) commented “It is as though they are having a conversation”.

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