DescriptionPablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Drawing for Milton Fox, 1966
Crayon on paper
11-3/4 x 10-3/4 inches (29.8 x 27.3 cm) (sheet)
Signed, dated, and inscribed along the top edge: Pour Milton Fox / Picasso 13.5.66
Property from The Estate of Milton S. Fox
Far Gallery, New York (label verso);
This work has been executed across the frontispiece of the book Notre Dame de Vie, Secrets d'alcôve d'un atelier by Hélèn Parmelin, Éditions Cercle d'Art, Paris, 1966. We wish to thank Claude Ruiz-Picasso for kindly providing a certificate of authenticity for this drawing.
Milton S. Fox and Ruby Canfield met in Paris in the 1920s while both there to study art. He came from Cleveland, Ohio, she came from Seattle, Washington. He was enrolled at the Academie Julian then at the Ecole des Beaux-Artes, and she at the Academie Delecluse.
When they returned to the United States, they married and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Milton joined the Cleveland Museum of Art as a lecturer in the Education Department while also pursuing a career as a portrait painter. Ruby taught puppetry while continuing to paint. They had two children, Robin and Michael Allen.
In 1944, the family moved to Hollywood, California, where Milton worked as a screen writer. Then in 1950 the family moved to New York when Milton joined the newly-formed art book publishing firm, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. Abrams was the first American publishing house to specialize in fine art books. Milton remained Editor-in-Chief until his death in 1971, overseeing the texts and production of books. Ruby died four years later.
During the last decades of their lives, Milton and Ruby were able to travel widely in Europe and Japan. During their travels, they created a collection of paintings, scrolls, pottery, and sculpture.
The two-pages are bound together and hinged to the mat at the top edge verso; some very light foxing throughout; minor crease to upper left and right corners and tiny crease to lower left corner; minor discoloration to upper edge; tiny tears to the left edge where the binding is; otherwise, no other apparent condition issues; framed under glass to 19-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches.
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