Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Still Life with Mandolin and Galette

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Oil and sand on canvas
Dimensions:
38 1/2 x 51 1/2 in. (97.8 x 130.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.65
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
This painting belongs to a series of large still lifes of the mid-1920s that derive from small watercolors first exhibited at the Paul Rosenberg gallery in Paris in 1919, immediately after the conclusion of World War I. The bottle of wine and the galette (a thin almond-paste tart with a crisscross crust) are set against an open window or balcony with a view of the blue sky beyond. Despite its somber palette, the picture evokes a relaxed Mediterranean ambience. Picasso anticipated that these large, decorative canvases would find buyers among Rosenberg's affluent clients.
Inscription: Signed and dated in vermillion pink paint (lower right): Picasso/ 24
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris, acquired from the artist before June 1925]; Alphonse Kann, Saint-Germain-en Laye and London (by 1930–42; on loan to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 1939–April 1941; consigned to Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York; sold on March 8, 1942, through its London branch, Rosenberg & Helft, to MoMA); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1942–77, acc. no. 190.42; deaccessioned by sale on February 15, 1977, through E. V. Thaw, New York, for Artemis S. A. Luxembourg, to Gelman); Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1977–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

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