Man with a Violin (1912) by Pablo Picasso

Man with a Violin - PICASSO, Pablo - 1912 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleMan with a Violin
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 73 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland
Location Created France
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About Man with a Violin

Man with a Violin is a painting from 1911-1912 by Pablo Picasso, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. It belongs to the genre of Synthetic Cubism, which involves assembling different flat shapes and patterns into an abstract image. The painting features a pyramidal form in the center that represents human presence, and F-shaped sound holes that symbolize a violin.

Picasso was famous for incorporating musical instruments like violins and guitars into his art pieces. He notably combined elements of Analytic Cubism in Man with a Violin with trompe l’oeil board paintings which create an illusion of three-dimensional space. This combination helps distinguish this piece from other art pieces produced during this time.

Picasso’s oeuvre contains over 20,000 artworks spanning various media types such as theater sets and costume designs. Guernica (1937), one of his most famous works, remains an anti-war piece that has become definitive within this genre. His iconic painting Violin and Sheet Music (1912) also highlights his mastery in using collage techniques alongside Cubism.

Notably, Man with a Hat and a Violin (1912) utilizes newspaper fragments in its composition – something common among Picasso’s collages across his impressive portfolio. Through his ingenuity with motifs like musical instruments or found objects like newspapers to manipulate spatial relations between forms, Pablo Picasso left behind an immense artistic legacy revered worldwide even today.


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