Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso
Pipe and Wineglass
Collage of cut papers with graphite on laid paper mounted on laminated board.
7 1/16 x 9 7/16 inches (179 x 240 mm)
Thaw Collection.
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Braque and Picasso invented the papier collé (pasted paper) technique in 1912, launching a new phase in the development of Cubism--a shift from the searching dissection of planes during the first, analytic phase toward a more constructive, synthetic rearrangement of reality. In the present composition, Picasso used overlapping pasted elements to disrupt the logical perception of the still-life objects, emphasizing the play between flatness and illusion. Thus the pipe appears both in the foreground and as part of the background paper, while the cut-out in the brown paper on which the glass is drawn reveals both what is inside and what is beneath. Such a drawing is directly related to Picasso's contemporary experiments in sculpture, notably his assemblages in cardboard, wood, and metal.


Signed at lower right, in pencil, "Picasso".

Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris; probably Kahnweiler sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 17-18 November 1921, no. 165; Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (?); Marcel C. Coard, Paris; Martin M. Janis, Buffalo, New York; Sidney Janis Gallery, New York; Heinz Berggruen, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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