Guitar, Sheet Music, Glass (1912) by Pablo Picasso

Guitar, Sheet Music, Glass - Pablo Picasso - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleGuitar, Sheet Music, Glass
ArtistPablo Picasso
Mediumcollage,Ink on Paper
Dimensions48 x 36.5 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, US

About Guitar, Sheet Music, Glass

The artwork “Guitar, Sheet Music, Glass” was created by the eminent artist Pablo Picasso in 1912. It is a collage composed of ink on paper, measuring 48 cm in height and 36.5 cm in width. The piece is a representation of the Synthetic Cubism art movement and is classified under the genre of still life. Presently, this artwork is housed at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

In this artwork, Picasso employs a variety of textures and materials to create a layered and compelling composition. One can observe the distinct juxtaposition of printed paper with floral patterns, set against pieces of paper in solid colors, like a vibrant blue and a naturalistic wood grain texture. Fragmented elements of a guitar, perhaps delineated by the curved shape and straight lines, along with a piece of sheet music, are central to the collage, contributing to the theme of music in the artwork. An enigmatic glass shape and parts of text further enrich the dynamic interplay of forms and textures. These disparate components conjoin to invoke the sense of a still life that is innovative and defies traditional representation. The artwork serves as an excellent example of Picasso’s exploration and mastery of the collage technique and conveys the essence of Synthetic Cubism, which sought to synthesize various elements into a harmonious whole while still maintaining their individual character.

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