Accordionist (1911) by Pablo Picasso

Accordionist - Pablo Picasso - 1911

Artwork Information

ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130.2 x 89.5 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Accordionist

The artwork “Accordionist” by Pablo Picasso, crafted in 1911, is a renowned example of the Analytical Cubism art movement. Oil on canvas serves as the medium for this piece, which measures 130.2 by 89.5 cm. As a genre painting, it resides in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located in New York City, NY, in the United States.

“Accordionist” displays the distinctive characteristics of Analytical Cubism, with the subject fragmented into a multitude of geometric shapes, allowing for the simultaneous depiction of different viewpoints within a single, flat plane. The artwork disassembles the figure of an accordion player into a series of overlapping and intersecting planes and monochromatic hues of brown, gray, and black. Picasso masterfully deconstructs the solidity of form, inviting the viewer to experience the figure through a composition that challenges traditional notions of space and perspective. Through this fragmented approach, Picasso explores the concept of depicting the essence of an object rather than its outward appearance, a hallmark of his revolutionary approach to art during this phase.

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