Collection

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881-1973

Glass, Guitar, Musical Score (Verre, guitare, partition), winter 1922-23
Oil and sand on canvas
Gift of Virginia Herrick Deknatel, class of 1929, in honor of Frances Daly Fergusson, President of Vassar College 1986-2006
2005.11
Period: 20th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Framed: 27 3/4 x 38 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (70.49 x 97.16 x 6.35 cm)
Catalogue Raisonné: Zervos vol. 4, 439
Published References v
Zervos Vol.4: 439
Exhibition History v
Japan, Shimane Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," March 7 - May 11, 2008. Cat. no. 16, p 68. Japan, Ishibashi Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," May 17 - July 20, 2008. Cat. no. , p . Japan, Yamagata Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," July 30 - August 31, 2008. Cat. no. , p. . Japan. Fuchu Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," September 6 - November 3, 2008. Cat. no. , p. . Japan, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," November 14 - December 14, 2008. Cat. , p. .
Description v
There are over thirty works of art by Picasso in the Vassar art collection span- ning nearly every decade of the artist’s career from a Barcelona-period draw- ing of 1899–1900 to a late etching of 1968. Glass, Guitar and Musical Score is the Art Center’s fourth and earliest Picasso painting. It is the only Picasso still-life in the collection and reflects his late ‘Baroque’ Cubism following the First World War, when the compositions were dramatically flattened and painted in pastel tones. The rounded, raw sienna form at the center of the composition, representing the body of a guitar, glitters faintly with fine- grained sand, a subtle textural accent that offsets a background of creamy pale yellow and periwinkle. The harmonious, decorative schema and musical theme are reminders that by 1922 Picasso had been immersed for half a decade in the high-society world of dance and theater, both through his mar- riage (1918) to dancer Olga Koklova and through several commissioned stage, costume, and curtain designs for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and other companies. Vassar acquired its first Picasso, a 1927 linocut, in 1941.
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