Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pipe Rack and Still Life on a Table

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1911
Medium:
Oil and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions:
Irregular: 19 1/2 x 50 in. (49.5 x 127 cm) Mounted: 20 x 50 1/4 in. (50.8 x 127.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.149.6
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908
Picasso painted this still life as part of a series of panels intended to decorate the library of the Brooklyn mansion of American painter, critic, and arts patron Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922). By 1915, when the men abandoned the project, Picasso had completed only six works, including this one, which was intended as an overdoor panel. Befitting a library, Picasso inserted, at upper right, a reference to the novel La Dame aux CamŽlias (1848) by Alexandre Dumas fils, and on the lower right, the initials of his patron. A pipe rack can be seen at upper left.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Picasso
[Galerie Georges Moos, Geneva, until 1951, stock no. 7440, sold on October 8, 1951 for $8,000 to Perls]; [Perls Galleries (Klaus G. Perls), New York, from 1951; stock no. 5021]; Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York (until 1997; their gift to MMA)

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