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Shahn, Ben (Artist/Owner); Cezanne, Paul; Klee, Paul; Picasso, Pablo & Other Artists . THE MODERN DRAWING: 100 WORKS ON PAPER FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. New York City, NY: Museum Of Modern Art, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 216 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. One of the greatest art books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by MOMA: Oversize-volume format. Linen cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Art by various artists, a Who's Who of late-19th century Impressionist and early to mid-20th century Modernist art. Text by curator John Elderfield. List of Plates and Artists appended at the end. Printed on archival, thick coated stock paper in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 1983. Presents "The Modern Drawing". A rich and rewarding sampling from the more than 6, 000 pieces in the MOMA's Permanent Collection at the time of publication, it selectively showcases the range and genius of artists in works "in the traditional drawing mediums - pencil, ink, charcoal - but also watercolor, pastel, papier colles, and other related forms. These are classics of their kind, among the greatest of all modern drawings: Arp, Brancusi, Cezanne, Ernst, Johns, Van Gogh, Gorky, Grosz, Kandinsky, Klee, Malevich, Marin, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Schwitters, and Seurat, among many others" (MOMA). In the case of a figure like Picasso, perhaps the greatest artist of the 20th century, the foundation as well as the achievement of his entire oeuvre is rooted in his "sculpture-cum-drawing" aesthetics and practice. An indispensable guide. An absolute "must-have" title for Modern art collectors. This was the personal copy of the late great artist and photographer Ben Shahn, indicated as such by the "Ex Libris" sticker that is neatly and discreetly pasted on the corner of the front free endpaper. This title is a great art book. This is the only such copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. 100 color plates. Some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A fine copy. . ISBN 0870703021. $100.00

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