1915, printed 1929
Drypoint and etching
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1975.147
Catalogue raisonné: Geiser I.109.51
This print was published by Pablo Picasso's dealer as a means of promoting the artist's avant-garde style.
Pablo Picasso worked closely with Georges Braque to develop Cubism around the time this print was made. Their work became virtually indistinguishable from each other as they reduced identifiable subject matter to geometric abstraction. Here, Braque presented a still-life featuring a playing card and a bottle of gin, and Picasso focused on a guitarist—subjects that they frequently explored. Although Picasso worked extensively in printmaking, Braque made fewer than ten Cubist prints. Both of these works were published by dealers as a means of promoting the artists’ avant-garde style.
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