Kanbara Tai 神原泰 [also, Kambara]. Pikaso [Picasso]. ARS (Arusu-sha アルス社). Tokyo. Taisho 14 大正 . 19 x 13.5cm book with red fabric cloth hardcovers is bound Western style and opens Japanese style. The front cover has a black border and a red dot in the center and the binding has the title ピカソ [Pikaso] and the author’s name in Japanese. Frontispiece photo reproduction c. 1915 of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). 100 pages, with Japanese text and photo reproductions of art work and line drawings.
The book begins with a 3 page introduction, an unpaginated index of the essays and a 6 page index of the artwork, followed by one color plate of one of Picasso’s artworks and 68 plates with a black and white photo reproduction on each page, all titled in Japanese and dated Western style. The final photo image of that section is of two lifelike dolls, labeled as Picasso and Matisse. The next section features six reproduced line drawings followed by the main essay, on pp. 7-89, then by a line drawing and the final essay from p. 93-99, with a final line drawing on the facing page. The pages that follow are: A page with a list of book titles in Japanese text, an errata page with a slip with changes tipped in at the top. The colophon page has a stamp laid down, with the number “2948” stamped in blue ink and a hanko in red with the characters for Kanbara 神原 stamped over it. Finally, there are three sheets of publisher advertisements.
Interesting work by the important avant-garde artist, poet and art critic Kanbara Tai 神原泰 (1898-1997). Kanbara was early on one of the most important members of the avant garde in Japan and was an early proponent of Futurism, being a schoolboy correspondent of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), poet, art theorist and found of the Futurist movement. In 1922, Kanbara was one of the founding members of the avant garde art movement “Action” アクション, and later, in 1925, the art group "Zōkei" 造形 (“Layout”).
Handwriting in Japanese on front free endpaper. Fading to boards, especially at edges and binding. Foxing to page edges and inside front covers and toning to some of the photo pages. The final leaf is a publisher’s advertisement. It has loss along the fore-edge margin and the “lost” pieces are stuck to the rear free endpaper.