Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 18811973)
Cut and pasted newspaper, and charcoal, on two joined sheets of paper; 49 x 18 7/8 in. (124.5 x 47.9 cm)
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.64)
© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This work, created in Paris, belongs to a group of about seventeen other papiers collés by Picasso composed solely from newspaper articles. Here, he arranged cuttings from Le Journal of December 3 and 9, 1912 , on a sort of scaffolding of straight and slightly curved charcoal lines. The various texts refer to the Balkan Wars, to the unrest of miners in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais départements, to critical issues debated in Parliament and in the Chambers, and to local announcements and advertisements.