Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin (1912) by Pablo Picasso

Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin - Pablo Picasso - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleSiphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin
ArtistPablo Picasso
Date1912
MediumPasted paper and charcoal
Dimensions18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in. (47 x 62.5 cm.)
Current LocationModerna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
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About Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin

Picasso’s craftsmanship and momentous impact on the art world can be further seen in his artwork, Siphon, Glass, Newspaper and Violin. This painting was done in 1912 using techniques of Synthetic Cubism, a style of cubism developed by Picasso and Georges Braque that combines painting with other mediums to create a distinct look. The results are palpable in this piece: the newspaper acting as background for the still life scene.

Picasso uses shades of olive green, grey and yellow to emphasize objects placed in cubistic arrangements. He also strived to convey a hint of perspective that gave the painting depth. By doing so, he celebrates the still life as an important subject matter, giving it dynamism and movement through his unique sense of line and plane – features that have become synonymous with Picasso’s work.

This Cubist masterpiece exemplifies Picasso’s extensive influence on modern art and how he used different elements to capture a mood or theme. This approach can also be seen in another noteworthy work by Picasso – Self-Portrait (1907), which displays his untamed creativity and daring ambition to constantly evolve his outward expression througout life no matter what obstacles stood in its way.

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