Featuring works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin and Renoir among others, 2014's Creative Expression exhibit offered a rare insight into the artist's books that these masters of modern art produced in their lifetimes. Beautifully crafted and printed, many of the works exhibited are signed, limited editions. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is proud to share the following selections from its esteemed Loeb Collection. The exhibit was on view in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library from May 5th, 2014 through July 30th, 2014.
The Loeb Collection began as a monetary gift to the Library from Eda Kuhn Loeb. Funds from Mrs. Loeb’s gift were used to purchase livres d’artiste—rare, signed, limited editions of books illustrated by late 19th and early 20th century artists. In 1958, Alice S. Plaut, the head of the Art & Music Department traveled to Europe to select materials for the collection. The results of Mrs. Plaut’s trip to London, Rome, Geneva, and Paris comprise the Loeb Collection. The collection prepared by Mrs. Plaut was first displayed in the Library in 1958 in an exhibit entitled “Great Artists and the Book” and once more in 1997. The collection remains an important part of the Library’s—and Cincinnati’s—cultural heritage.