C. Griffith Mann Chief Curator
William H. Robinson Senior Curator of Modern Art
In these teacher materials, and during the videoconference, students will be introduced to a selection of Spanish artists, as well as the cultural and historical context of their lives.
In these teacher materials, and during the videoconference, students will observe how luminaries from Rembrandt to Picasso represent themselves, and explore a variety of artists’ personal statement
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Oil on canvas, Framed: 171 x 132 x 7.5 cm (67 5/16 x 51 15/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Unframed: 142.2 x 100.3 cm (56 x 39 1/2 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1975.2
The diamond-patterned costume and triangular hat identify the musician in this painting as one of Picasso's alter egos, Harlequin, a jokester from the popular Commedia dell' arte. The phrase Si tu veux on the sheet of music may refer to a popular song that begins, "If you wish, Marguerite, make me happy by giving me your heart." The inclusion of this lyric may refer to Picasso's marriage to Russian ballerina Olga Koklova in 1918.
Museum of Modern Art, NY. Picasso, Forty Years of his Art, 1939, no. 140.Paul Rosenberg & Co., NY. Picasso, an American Tribute, benefit for the P.E.A., part III, April-May, 1962, repr. in color.Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art. Fifty Year of Modern Art, 1966, no. 9.
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