Sable Mouvant written by Pierre Reverdy and illustrated by Pablo Picasso
The French poet, Pierre Reverdy’s career flourished in twentieth- century Paris. He was a part of the avant-garde group that consisted of artists such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, and Georges Braque. His simple yet sublime poetry became a large influence to the artistic movements of the time, Surrealism, Dadism and Cubism. As his career progressed his writings developed into something even more inspiring, as he quoted, “the sublime simplicity of reality.” He is noted as being among the greatest poets of the time.
The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was the dominating artist of the twentieth-century and revolutionary in his influence and styles. It was only evident that Reverdy would seek to Picasso for the illustrations of one of his last poems, Sable Mouvant.
Sable Mouvant [quicksand]is set in the dessert and relates to a number of psychological struggles and hallucinations. The works by Picasso elegantly depict Reverdy’s intentions and remove the viewer from reality to expose the inner turmoil of helpless man and his surrounds. The illustrated book includes 10 images by Pablo Picasso himself.
The original suite can be found in the Picasso Museum, Barcelona.
Baterbys has a wonderful collection of original aquatints from the Sable Mouvant Suite. The aquatints are dated c. 1965, and are on Rives Wove Paper. Each of the aquatint in Baterbys’ collection are hand signed by Pablo Picasso himself, and hand numbered from the edition of xx.
To learn more about the collection and what Baterbys has to offer from the suite please visit baterbys.com, (407)622-1407 ext. 301 or visit the gallery located in Winter Park Village (460 North Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). Baterbys’ highly knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to be at your service.