Still Life (Wineglass and Newspaper) (Primary Title)

Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973 (Artist)

ca. 1913–4
Oil and sand on canvas
Unframed: 20 1/2 × 19 7/8 in. (52.07 × 50.48 cm)
In 1914, Picasso explored the use of words and the expressive and conceptual possibilities of reflected light and vivid color in Cubist painting. At the center of this still life is a fluted goblet defined by a gray-blue patch of paint at its edge and by a white strip stippled with colors suggesting the sparkle of reflected light. A second area of dotted color above the glass creates a background wallpaper pattern. At the right is a fragment of folded newspaper, with the first three letters of the word “journal” visible. The straight but broken line of a decorated table edge, covered by the brown shadow of the goblet, marks the bottom of the arrangement. Picasso painted the image on a piece of canvas that was cut into a rough oval. He affixed it to a rectangular canvas with a more open weave, producing the effect of a frame within a frame—or an oval picture hung on a wall.
Signed at lower left: "Picasso"
T. Catesby Jones Collection
"Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris: The T. Catesby Jones Collections at VMFA and the University of Virginia Art Museum," VMFA Statewide Exhibition, UVA, Charlottesville, January 30 - April 24, 2009; Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, August 15 - November 29, 2009; William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon, December 11, 2009 - February 21, 2010; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, May 1 - August 15, 2010

"Salute to Spain," Birmingham Museum of Art, March 19 - April 4, 1971

"Strokes of Genius," Dulin Gallery of Art, Knoxville, TN, March 30 - April 28, 1985

Thalhimers Brothers, Inc. August 1952
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