©Pablo Picasso - 1912-1913 Bottle, Guitar and Pipe

Picasso 1912-1913 Bottle, Guitar and Pipe
Bottle, Guitar and Pipe
1912-1913 60x73cm oil/canvas
Museum Folkwang, Essen

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From Museum Folkwang, Essen:
Together with George Braque, from 1907 Picasso developed a new artistic style, one which art critics called Cubism, originally disparagingly. Their works from 1907 and after are often difficult to distinguish at first. Closer examination, however, shows that Braque worked more deliberately and analytically while Picasso was more temperamental and impulsive.
After Picasso had initially broken down objects into tiny parts around 1910, he began to assemble anew his motifs around 1912, influenced by collages that he doing around then. At the same time, he added to his palette - up to then dominated by the muted colors of gray, brown and white - the colors red, green and blue and so altered the coloring of the still lifes he produced in this period.
In 'Bottle, Guitar and Pipe', Picasso gives a virtuoso performance with different forms of depiction and levels of perception. He mixed sand in the paint, for example, to create an effect almost tangible in certain parts of the painting. The pipe of the title, on the other hand, he placed in an image which otherwise consists of geometric forms, like an excerpt from an illusionist painting. The center of the composition is formed by the curved form of a guitar, one of the most important motifs in Picasso’s Cubist painting.