Pablo Picasso Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper 1913

Artwork details

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper
Guitare, journal, verre et bouteille
Date 1913
Medium Printed papers and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 467 x 625 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1961
Not on display

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Picasso and Braque first began to make collages, or papiers collés, in 1912. The use of cut papers, and in particular clippings from newspapers, seemed a natural extension of their earlier experiments with stencilled lettering. Whereas their earlier Cubist works had involved deconstructing objects into their component parts and planes, works like this one sought to construct a unified composition from abstracted fragments of the objects depicted. The newspaper in this work may have been chosen for its faded colour, since it was already nearly thirty years old when Picasso used it.

August 2004