Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Fruit Dish

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
Céret, spring 1912
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 3/4 × 15 in. (55.2 × 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
In a letter to his dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Picasso described this scene as “a still life from the innkeeper Druetrx’s place with the letters Mazagran armagnac café on a round table[,] a fruit dish with some pears, a knife, a glass.” A mazagran (some of the letters of this word appear at upper left) is a type of short-footed cup used specifically for coffee laced with alcohol.
Inscription: Signed [at a later date] (upper left): Picasso
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, summer 1912; inv. no. 998, photo no. 189]; [Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, by February 1913]; Alphonse Kann, Saint Germain en Laye (until d. 1948; confiscated in June 1940, by the ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg), Paris, ERR inv. no. KA 1087, as "Komposition (Hotel)"; restituted on July 11, 1947 by the Commission de Récupération Artistique, Paris, to Kann, London); his heirs, Paris (from 1948); [possibly Galerie Pierre (Pierre Loeb), Paris]; Daniel and Eleanore B. Saidenberg, New York (early 1950s–59; gift in 1959 to Robert Saidenberg); their son, Robert Saidenberg, New York (1959–97; sold in 1997 to Reid & Lefevre); [Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London, 1997; sold in June 1997 to Lauder]; Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1997)

Munich. Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz. "Erste Gesamt-Ausstellung," October 1912, no. 108.

Munich. Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser. "Ausstellung Pablo Picasso," February 1913, no. 75.

New York. Whitney Studio Galleries. "Twenty Recent Paintings by Pablo Picasso," May 3, 1923, until no later than May 20, 1923 (as "Still Life").

New York. American Art Galleries. "The Spring Salon," May 21–June 9, 1923.

New York. Saidenberg Gallery. "Picasso: An American Tribute. Cubism," April 25–May 12, 1962, no. 19.

New York. M. Knoedler & Company. "Seven Decades, 1895–1965: Crosscurrents in Modern Art. 1905–1914," April 26–May 21, 1966, no. 96.

New York. Saidenberg Gallery. "Homage to Picasso for His 90th Birthday: Joint Exhibition of Paintings and Works on Paper. Years: 1901–1924," October 6–30, 1971, no. 16.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Picasso and American Art," September 28, 2006–February 4, 2007, unnumbered cat. (pl. 40).

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Picasso and American Art," February 25–May 28, 2007, unnumbered cat.

Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Picasso and American Art," June 17–September 7, 2007, unnumbered cat.

Munich. Jewish Museum. "Die ‘Moderne Galerie’ von Heinrich Thannhauser," January 30–May 25, 2008, no. 15 (as "The Bowl of Fruit/Compotier et fruits").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 67.

Galerie Neue Kunst Hans Goltz. Erste Gesamt-Ausstellung. Munich, 1912, p. 13, no. 108, ill.

Ausstellung Pablo Picasso. Exh. cat., Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser. Munich, 1913, unpaginated, no. 75.

Pablo Picasso. "Picasso Speaks: A Statement by the Artist." Arts 3, no. 5 (May 1923), ill., as "Still Life".

Carl Einstein. Die Kunst des 20.Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 1926, pp. 72, 561, ill. p. 272, as "Der blaue Laden".

Carl Einstein. Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1928, pp. 83–84, 559, ill. p. 270, as "Der blaue Laden".

Carl Einstein. "Notes sur le Cubisme." Documents: Doctrines, Archéologie, Beaux-Arts, Ethnographie 1, no. 3 (June 1929), ill. p. 150, as "Nature morte," erroneously as in the collection of the Museum of Modern Western Art, Moscow.

Maud Dale. Picasso. New York, 1930, unpaginated, pl. 14, as "Cubism Analytique" [sic].

Christian Zervos. "De l’importance de l’objet dans la peinture d’aujourd’hui (III)." Cahiers d’Art 5 (1930), ill. p. 233, as 1913.

Carl Einstein. Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. 3rd ed. Berlin, 1931, pp. 92, 637, ill. p. 309, as "Der blaue Laden," in the collection of Galerie Flechtheim, Berlin.

Pierre Guéguen. "Picasso: Primitif cérébral." Cahiers d'art 7 (1932), p. 112, ill., as "Composition avec lettres," 1913.

Will Grohmann. "Picasso." Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart: Unter Mitwirkung von etwas 400 Fachgelehrten. Ed. Ulrich Thieme Felix Becker. Vol. 26, Leipzig, 1932, p. 577, as "Der blaue Laden".

Usaburō Ihara. L’Idée et l’espirit de l’art moderne. Vol. 3, Cubisme. Tokyo, 1937, ill. p. 121, dated as 1913.

Christian Zervos. Histoire de l'art contemporain. Paris, 1938, ill. p. 216, as "Composition avec lettres".

Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 2b, Works from 1912 to 1917. Paris, 1942, unpaginated (list of plates), no. 302, pl. 148, as "Compotier et fruits".

Juan Merli. Picasso: El artista y la obra de nuestro tiempo. Buenos Aires, 1942, p. 298, ill. p. 173, as "Composición con letras," 1913.

John Richardson, ed. Picasso: An American Tribute. Exh. cat., Saidenberg Gallery. New York, 1962, unpaginated, no. 19, ill.

John Berger. The Success and Failure of Picasso. Harmondsworth and Baltimore, 1965, p. 51, unpaginated (list of illustrations), ill. no. 25.

Peter Selz. Seven Decades, 1895–1965: Crosscurrents in Modern Art. Exh. cat., M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. New York, 1966, p. 61, no. 96, ill.

John Richardson. Homage to Picasso for His 90th Birthday: Joint Exhibition of Paintings and Works on Paper. Exh. cat., Saidenberg Gallery and Marlborough Gallery. New York, 1971, p. 30, no. 16, ill.

Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino. L'opera completa di Picasso cubista. Milan, 1972, p. 111, no. 479, ill., as "Fruttiera e frutta".

Donald E. Gordon. Modern Art Exhibitions, 1900–1916: Selected Catalogue Documentation. Vol. 2, Munich, 1974, pp. 616, 664.

Josep Palau i Fabre. Picasso en Cataluña. 2nd ed. Barcelona, 1975, p. 268, no. 234, ill. p. 186, as "Frutero y frutas".

Françoise Cachin and Fiorella Minervino. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Picasso, 1907–1916. Paris, 1977, p. 111, no. 479, ill., as "Compotier et fruits".

Pierre Daix and Joan Rosselet. Picasso, The Cubist Years, 1907–1916: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and Related Works. Boston, 1979, pp. 103, 280, no. 475, ill., as "Bowl of Fruit (The Fruit Dish)" (French ed., as "Compotier et fruits").

Isabelle Monod-Fontaine et al. Donation Louise et Michel Leiris: Collection Kahnweiler-Leiris. Exh. cat., Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, 1984, pp. 168–69 (cited in a letter from Picasso to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, June 20, 1912).

Judith Cousins in Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism. Ed. William Rubin. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1989, p. 396 (cited in a letter from Picasso to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, June 20, 1912) (French ed., 1990, German ed., 1990, and Spanish ed., 1991, pp. 376–77).

Josep Palau i Fabre. Picasso: Cubism, 1907–1917. New York, 1990, p. 507, no. 686, ill. p. 249, as "Fruit-bowl and Fruit".

Pierre Daix in Picassos Surrealismus: Werke, 1925–1937. Ed. Ulrich Weisner. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Bielefeld, Bonn, and Stuttgart, 1991, p. 195, as "Compotier et fruits".

Carsten-Peter Warncke. Pablo Picasso, 1881–1973. Ed. Ingo F. Walther. Vol. 1, The Works 1890–1936. Cologne, 1992, p. 212, ill., as "Obstschale und Früchte".

Pierre Cabanne. Le siècle de Picasso. Vol. 1, La naissance du Cubisme (1881–1912). Rev. ed. Paris, 1992, p. 398.

John Richardson with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully. A Life of Picasso. Vol. 2, 1907–1917. New York, 1996, p. 238.

Carl Einstein. Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. Ed. Uwe Fleckner and Thomas W. Gaehtgens. New ed. (1st ed., 1931). Berlin, 1996, pp. 130, 774, ill. p. 442, as "Der blaue Laden," in the collection of Galerie Flechtheim.

Brigitte Leal in Picasso: Dessins et papiers collés; Céret, 1911–1913. Exh. cat., Musée d'art moderne de Céret. Céret, 1997, p. 53, fig. 10, as "Compotier et fruits".

T. J. Clark. Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism. New Haven, 1999, p. 183 (cited in a letter from Picasso to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, June 20, 1912), fig. 102, as "Fruitbowl and Fruit".

and Pavla Sadílková Lada Hubatová-Vacková in Vincenc Kramář: From Old Masters to Picasso. Exh. cat., National Gallery. Prague, 2000, p. 226-27, ill. (as reproduced on a picture postcard).

Pavla Sadílková and Lada Hubatová-Vacková in Vincenc Kramář: Un théorician et collectionneur du cubisme à Prague. Exh. cat.Paris, 2002, pp. 228–29, 307 n. 65, ill., (as reproduced on an illustrated postcard).

Johanna Dahm. Der Blick des Hermaphroditen: Carl Einstein und die Kunst des 20. Jahrunderts. Würzburg, 2004, p. 212, as "Der blaue Laden".

Julia May Boddewyn in Michael FitzGerald. Picasso and American Art. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 2006, p. 332.

Michael FitzGerald. Picasso and American Art. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 2006, pp. 85, 386, pl. 40.

Emily D. Bilski. Die "Moderne Galerie" von Heinrich Thannhauser/ The "Moderne Galerie" of Heinrich Thannhauser. Exh. cat., Jüdisches Museum München. Munich, 2008, pp. 28, 60, no. 15, ill. p. 53.

Cornelius Tittel. "Der wahre Beginn der Moderne." Die Welt (June 7, 2013), p. 28, ill.

"Objects Promised to the Museum during the Year 2012–2013." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One Hundred Forty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (2013), p. 47.

Jack Flam in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 143–44, 312(3)n.18, (4)n.19, no. 67, ill. p. 142 (color).

Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 290, fig. 67 (reproduced on a postcard published by Neue Kunst, Hans Goltz, Munich, in 1912).

Emily Braun and Leonard A. Lauder in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 18–19.

Alan Hyman, ed. The Picasso Project: Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture, A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue, 1885–1973., Analytic Cubism, 1909–1912. San Francisco, 2015, pp. lv, 205, 322, 332, no. 1912-055, ill. p. 205.

"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), fig. 2 (color, on display in the living room of the Lauder residence, New York, 2014).

Enrique Mallen. "Reaching for Success: Picasso's Rise in the Market (The First Two Decades)." Arts 6, no. 4 (April 6, 2017), p. 13, as "Compotier et fruits".