APOLLINAIRE (Guillaume)Les Peintres cubistes. (Méditations esthétiques). Première série. (All published).
Paris, Eugène Figuière et Cie., 1913.
Small 4to, original yellow printed wrappers. 84pp. 46 b/w plates. Fictitious indication of fifth edition on title-page (a commercial stratagem used by the publisher to boost sales).
First Edition of Apollinaire’s only book on art.
The Cubist Painters, an essential text in twentieth century art, presents the poet and critic’s aesthetic meditations on nine painters: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Marie Laurencin, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, and Marcel Duchamp. As Picasso’s closest friend and Marie Laurencin’s lover, Apollinaire witnessed the development of Cubism firsthand.
This collection of essays and reviews, written between 1905 and 1912, is a milestone in the history of art criticism, valued today as both a work of reference and a classic example of modernist creative writing.
Occasional faint foxing, but an unusually clean uncut copy.