This unusually tentative still life represents an early attempt to incorporate Cubist principles into his graphic work. The drypoint's faceted surface comprised of short hatched lines infuses the image with a vibrating light that is distinct from the pure outlines of his Saltimbanques prints. This impression was bequeathed to the Museum by one of America's earliest champions of European modernism, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Signature: In graphite at lower right: "Picasso"
The Estate of Alfred Stieglitz; Donor: The Estate of Alfred Stieglitz
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2004–January 23, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012.