David Douglas Duncan, 'Goodbye Picasso,' published by Grosset & Dunlap New York, 1974, stated first edition.
Goodbye Picasso is a 299 page jute bound hardcover measuring 12 1/2" x 10". The dust jacket is price-clipped and has some impression marks but no open tears. The book is in pristine condition with clean, unmarked pages and tight binding. The condition is near-fine.
It began in February, 1956--this bond between two artists. The American photographer was on his way home from Afghanistan. The Spanish painter was sitting in his bathtub at home in the south of France: Voila!...the first Picasso photograph of tens of thousands taken during the next seventeen years when David Douglas Duncan often shared the simple meals, the constant work, the gaiety, the countless explosions of creativity. After other guests had gone, Duncan still remained int he studio--by now his second home. Thus was born a friendship unique in the lives of both men. Two minds, two hearts, each discovering a special communication with the other. While photographing hundred's of Picasso's paintings, surrounded by myriad other works that overflowed the studio, Duncan also recorded many of the emotion-charged events at the heart of the household.
Goodbye Picasso reveals the simplicity and genius of Picasso's life and art. Photographed, written, designed and produced by Duncan with a devotion that comes from the most deeply felt and personally shared experiences, Goodbye Picasso glows with that special quality of his world.
Seeing Pablo Picasso and his work through the eyes and heart of David Douglas Duncan is seeing Picasso perhaps as the ages will come to know him best. Picasso drawing his self-portrait as an owl with holes for his eyes, which are part of a photograph by author David Douglas Duncan. The photo-collage by the two artist-friends is reproduced here as the jacket design for Goodbye Picasso.
The book's cover cloth is of jute from Bangladesh. Loomed in England, dyed to match the background found in Picasso's painting on page 140 (the title-ink color was matched to the lilac highlight seen at the top of the beret in the portrait) it "would have become a suit for Picasso had he managed to get his hands on it," according to Duncan.ISBN: 0-448-11619-7