Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Card Players at a Table

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1914
Medium:
Graphite on paper
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (29.8 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Morse G. Dial Foundation Gift, in memory of Ethelwyn G. Dial and Morse G. Dial, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.5.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
In his studio at Avignon in the summer of 1914, Picasso explored a new path, contrasting, in a single work, a Cubist treatment of objects and figures with a simple, at times naive, naturalism. Although Picasso had been thinking about Cézanne episodically since he first saw his works at Vollard's gallery in 1901, being in Provence-Cézanne country-triggered a new set of associations. In the cafés of Avignon, he saw men dressed identically to those in Cézanne's late paintings, and he made a number of works inspired by the cardplayers of the Master of Aix. The subject conveniently provided a pretext for Picasso to juxtapose two figures in contrasting styles, as he does here in such an amusing manner.
the artist, Paris and elsewhere (1914–d. 1973; his estate, 1973–78; Succession Picasso inv. 01787); his granddaughter, Marina Picasso (1978–84; on consignment to Jan Krugier, Geneva, from 1980, and through Krugier to Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, 1983–84; sold by Rosenberg in January 1984 to MMA)

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