Picasso's Guitars

Anne Umland, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses the exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914.” It brings together two guitars Picasso created—one out of cardboard, paper, string, and wire, the other out of sheet metal—and some 70 collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs.

<em>Violin Hanging on the Wall.</em> Possibly begun Sorgues, summer 1912, completed Paris, early 1913
Violin Hanging on the Wall. Possibly begun Sorgues, summer 1912, completed Paris, early 1913

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Oil, spackle with sand, enamel, and charcoal on canvas
25 9/16 x 18 1/8" (65 x 46 cm)
Kunstmuseum Bern. Hermann and Margrit Rupf Foundation

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Installation in the artist´s studio at 242, boulevard Raspail. Paris, December 9, 1912, or later
Installation in the artist´s studio at 242, boulevard Raspail. Paris, December 9, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Gelatin silver print
3 3/8 x 4 1/2" (8.6 x 11.5 cm)
Private collection

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<em>Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle.</em> Paris, early 1913 Oil, charcoal, tinted varnish, and grit on canvas
Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle. Paris, early 1913 Oil, charcoal, tinted varnish, and grit on canvas

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Oil, charcoal, tinted varnish, and grit on canvas
27 11/16 x 21 3/4" (70.4 x 55.3 cm)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Purchased 1982

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<em>Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin.</em> Paris, December 3, 1912, or later
Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin. Paris, December 3, 1912, or later

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Cut-and-pasted newspaper, hand-painted faux bois paper, and paper, and charcoal on paper
18 1/2 x 24 5/8" (47 x 62.5 cm)
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

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<em>Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe.</em> Paris, autumn 1912
Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe. Paris, autumn 1912

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Oil, enamel, sand, and charcoal on canvas
23 5/8 x 28 3/4" (60 x 73 cm)
Museum Folkwang, Essen. 
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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<em>Guitar.</em> Céret, March 31, 1913, or later
Guitar. Céret, March 31, 1913, or later

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Cut-and-pasted newspaper, wallpaper, paper, ink, chalk, charcoal, and pencil on colored paper
26 1/8 x 19 1/2" (66.4 x 49.6 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest

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<em>Guitar.</em> Paris, October-December 1912
Guitar. Paris, October-December 1912

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Paperboard, paper, string, and painted wire
25 3/4 x 13 x 7 1/2" (65.1 x 33 x 19 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist

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<em>Guitar.</em> Paris, after mid-January 1914
Guitar. Paris, after mid-January 1914

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Ferrous sheet metal and wire
30 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 7 5/8" (77.5 x 35 x 19.3 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist

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<em>Guitar.</em> Paris, December 1912 or later
Guitar. Paris, December 1912 or later

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Charcoal on paper
18 1/2 x 24 3/8" (47 x 61.9 cm) 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Donald B. Marron

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