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Still Life with a Bottle of Rum

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Oil on canvas
24 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (61.3 x 50.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
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Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 905
Picasso painted this work in Céret, a small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, where he worked alongside Georges Braque (1882-1963). Their joint development of the painterly style called Cubism has become the stuff of legend.
Made during the most abstract phase of Cubism, known as "high" or Analytic Cubism (1910-12), this work-which depicts a round tabletop with a stemmed glass at left, the bottle of rum at center, and a pipe in the right foreground-is among the first of Picasso's pictures to include letters. These may refer to the town, Céret, or, alternatively, to the title of a poster or newspaper.
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Inscription: Signed and inscribed on verso in dark gray paint, upper center: Picasso/ ceret
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1911–14; acquired from the artist, stock no. 794; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, Paris, 1914–21; sale, "Vente de biens allemands ayant fait l'objet d'une mesure de Séquestre de Guerre: Collection Henry Kahnweiler [sic], Tableaux Modernes, deuxième vente," Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 17–18, 1921, no. 189, for Fr 370, to Ozenfant]; Amédée Ozenfant, Paris (1921); Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), Paris (ca. 1921–63); Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris (1963–69; sale, "Ancienne Collection Le Corbusier," Palais Galliera, Paris, December 9, 1969, no. A, to Hahn and Thaw); [Stephen Hahn and E. V. Thaw & Co., Inc., New York, 1969–70; sold by Thaw on September 23, 1970, partially in exchange for a painting by Picasso (Z 11a.249), to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1970–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

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Berlin. Neue Galerie. "Pablo Picasso," November 1913, no catalogue [possibly this picture].

Dresden. Kunstsalon Emil Richter. "Pablo Picasso," January 1914, no catalogue [possibly this picture].

Galerie H.O. Miethke, Vienna. "Pablo Picasso," February–March 1914, no. 21.

Zurich. Moderne Galerie (Gottfried Tanner). "Pablo Picasso," opened April 4, 1914, no. 27.

Kunsthalle Basel. "Pablo Picasso," May 1914, no catalogue [possibly this picture].

London. Zwemmer Gallery. "Chirico, Picasso," June 1–30, 1937, no. 24.

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London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo. "La Colección de Pintura Mexicana de Jacques y Natasha Gelman," June 23–October 11, 1992, unnumbered cat. (p. 12, fig. 1).

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