Guitar and Wine Glass

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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The abstracted trellis pattern of this wallpaper, which Picasso also pasted into his first papier collés, recalls the network of straps in letter-rack compositions, one of its joints acting as the hook for the guitar. Like the letter-rack painters, Picasso teases the viewer to make sense of the combination of disparate elements, including a piece of his hand-painted wood-grain, his drawing of a wineglass, and snippets from a song sheet and Le Journal. The viewer must become “LE JOU[EUR]” (the player). Many collages by Picasso include news clippings about the Balkan Wars, but here he omitted reference to that specific war from the headline. “LA BATAILLE S’EST ENGAGE[É]” (The battle has begun) has been interpreted as a private allusion to his creative rivalry with Braque.

Guitar and Wine Glass, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Cut-and-pasted newspaper, printed sheet music, laid and wove papers, oil, and charcoal on printed wallpaper mounted on paperboard

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