Jaime Sabartes, a friend of Picasso's from the early days in Barcelona, became the artist's secretary in November 1935. He was to remain with him for thirty years. He published, among other works, Picasso. "Portraits et Souvenirs" (Louis Carre et Maximilien Vox, Paris, 1946) and the important "Documents iconographiques" (Pierre Caillier, Geneva, 1954). .
In the text of this album, Dans L'Atelier de Picasso, published by Ferdinand Mourlot, Sabartes first tells of how Mourlot met Picasso. He also give some genealogical details concerning Picasso's family, makes some reflections on the personality of the artist, and quotes lengthy excepts from conversations with him.
This book is illustrated with thirty reproductions of drawings, paintings and collages from Picasso's atelier - they date from 1914 to 1948 - as well as with four lithographs, one of which serves as frontispiece, and another which appears as colophon page. Two lithographs - one for the front and the other for the back - decorate the cover of the book. In addition to the six lithographs in the book, there are seven others in the suite accompanying the 50 deluxe copies. These were done in 1946 and 1947. An edition of 275 was printed on Arches wove paper. 50 copies of the suite
were numbered 1 to 50.