Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein with Two Shorter Stories - Gertrude Stein 1933 - Plain Edition, Paris - One of 500 copies printed by Maurice Darantiere ‘To lie in the cheese, to smile in the butter, to lengthen in the rain, to sit in the flour all that makes a model stronger, there is no strangeness where there is more useful color, a description has not every mission.’

Gertrude Stein’s important collection of experimental writing, featuring the title essay – where she steeps herself in the art of Matisse and Picasso and develops a kind of literary cubism – and two short stories, ‘
A Long Gay Book’ and ‘Many Many Women’, both of which dated from the first decade of the 20th century. These pieces show Stein’s evolving approach to aphorism and, particularly to repetition, a device that would later become her trademark.
  The fifth and final publication by Gertrude Stein’s ‘Plain Edition’ press.

Gertrude Stein, and her brothers Leo and Michael, were important patrons of the avant-garde movement in Paris in the early 20th century, in particular to their close friends, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Their Saturday evening salons introduced a generation of visitors to recent developments in art long before it was on view in museums.

References: Sawyer,
Gertrude Stein A Bibliography 83. Ford, Published in Paris 245-6. Piepenbring, To Lie in the Cheese, to Smile in the Butter’ The Paris Review 2015. The Met Museum, ‘The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian avant-garde’ web. Wilson A19a.

12mo. pp. [12] 13-278 [2]. Pagination includes the pastedowns, as per publisher’s pagination (and that of Sawyer’s bibliography - visualise the book without wrappers and then paginate). Original tan wrappers, in original tan slipcase, both lettered in black.
  Condition: Very good, spine with 3mm chip, toning and light soiling, in very good slipcase, with toning and moderate soiling, slightly heavier to edges and spine.   Ref: 108543   Price: HK$ 2,400