Still Life with a Bottle of Rum

Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)

Date: 1911

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (61.3 x 50.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998

Accession Number: 1999.363.63

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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.