Picasso - Guitars 1912-1914

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Violin Hanging on the Wall, 1912-13

Pablo Picasso - Violin Hanging on the Wall, 1912-13
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Violin Hanging on the Wall. Possibly begun Sorgues, summer 1912, completed Paris, early 1913. Oil, spackle with sand, enamel, and charcoal on canvas. 25 9/16 x 18 1/8 in. (65 x 46 cm). Kunstmuseum Bern. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

On View February 13-June 6, 2011 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 explores the artist's Guitars series, the art-historic turning point that moved Pablo Picasso from Analytic to Synthetic Cubism in the space of 18 months. This remarkable exhibition brings together many of his guitar drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, one noteworthy cardboard construction and a final, metal sculpture from over 35 public and private collections worldwide. We marvel at them now but, as Picasso said to his friend the art critic André Salmon at the time, "It's nothing. It's el guitare!"

Please see Contributing Writer for Modern Art Beth Gersh-Nesic's lengthy, informative review "The Birth of Synthetic Cubism: Picasso's Guitars" for a in-depth analysis of the Guitars series.

Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 is on view from February 13 through June 6, 2011 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Hermann and Margrit Rupf Foundation.

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Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe, Paris, autumn 1912

Pablo Picasso - Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe, Paris, autumn 1912
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe, Paris, autumn 1912. Oil, enamel, sand, and charcoal on canvas. 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in. (60 x 73 cm). Museum Folkwang, Essen. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Acquired in 1964 with the support of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia and Eugen-und-Agnes-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung.

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Guitar, Paris, December 1912 or later

Pablo Picasso - Guitar, Paris, December 1912 or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Guitar, Paris, December 1912 or later. Charcoal on paper. 18 1/2 x 24 3/8 in. (47 x 61.9 cm). Gift of Donald B. Marron. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin, December 3, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso - Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin - December 3, 1912, or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin, Paris, December 3, 1912, or later. Cut-and-pasted newspaper, hand-painted faux bois paper, paper, and charcoal. 18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in. (47 x 62.5 cm). Moderna Museet, Stockholm. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Bottle, Wineglass, and Newspaper on a Table, December 4, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso - Bottle, Wineglass, and Newspaper on a Table, Paris, December 4, 1912 or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Bottle, Wineglass, and Newspaper on a Table, Paris, December 4, 1912. Cut-and-pasted newspaper, charcoal, and gouache on paper. 24 7/16 x 18 7/8 in. (62 x 48 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Man with a Hat and a Violin, December 9, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso - Man with a Hat and a Violin, Paris, December 9, 1912, or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Man with a Hat and a Violin, Paris, December 9, 1912, or later. Cut-and-pasted newspaper and charcoal on two joined sheets of paper. 49 x 18 7/8 in. (124.5 x 47.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998.

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Installation in the artist's studio, Paris, December 9, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso - Installation in the artist's studio, Paris, December 9, 1912, or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Installation in the artist's studio at 242, boulevard Raspail. Paris, December 9, 1912, or later. Gelatin silver print. 3 3/8 x 4 ½ in. (8.6 x 11.5 cm). Private collection. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Photographic composition with Construction with Guitar Player and Violin, 1913

Pablo Picasso - Photograph of Guitar Construction, 1913
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Photographic composition with Construction with Guitar Player and Violin. Paris, on or after January 25 and before March 10, 1913. Gelatin silver print. 4 5/8 x 3 7/16 in. (11.8 x 8.7 cm). Private collection. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Head, Céret, spring 1913

Pablo Picasso - Head, Céret, spring 1913
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Head, Céret, spring 1913. Cut-and-pasted colored paper, gouache, and charcoal on paperboard. 17 1/8 x 13 in. (43.5 x 33 cm). Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Purchased with help from The National Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund, 1995.

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Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle, Paris, early 1913

Pablo Picasso - Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle, Paris, early 1913
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle, Paris, early 1913. Oil, charcoal, tinted varnish, and grit on canvas. 27 11/16 x 21 3/4 in. (70.4 x 55.3 cm). Purchased 1982. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Guitar, Céret, March 31, 1913, or later

Pablo Picasso - Guitar, Céret, March 31, 1913, or later
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Guitar, Céret, March 31, 1913, or later. Cut-and-pasted newspaper, wallpaper, paper, ink, chalk, charcoal, and pencil on colored paper. 26 1/8 x 19 1/2 in. (66.4 x 49.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest

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Still life with Guitar, Variant state, 1913

Pablo Picasso - Still life with Guitar, assembled before November 15, 1913
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Still life with Guitar, Variant state. Paris, assembled before November 15, 1913. Paperboard, paper, string, and painted wire installed with cut cardboard box. Gift of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Overall: 30 x 20 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (76.2 x 52.1 x 19.7 cm).

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Guitar, Paris, after mid-January 1914

Pablo Picasso - Guitar, Paris, after mid-January 1914
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Guitar, Paris, after mid-January 1914. Ferrous sheet metal and wire. 30 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (77.5 x 35 x 19.3 cm). Gift of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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