The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 2, 2024

Picasso (verso)

Picasso (verso)

(American, 1907–2007)
Image: 10.8 x 15.3 cm (4 1/4 x 6 in.); Sheet: 10.8 x 15.3 cm (4 1/4 x 6 in.)
© Lenore G. Tawney Foundation
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Lenore Tawney was a pioneering fiber artist known for large-scale public installations, but her postcard collages were personal missives to close friends on an intimate scale.


This is one of 44 postcard collages in the CMA’s collection that the textile artist Lenore Tawney sent through the mail to her friend, the art dealer, curator, and critic Katherine Kuh between 1969 and 1981. Using natural objects and ephemera that she compiled over a lifetime, Tawney’s collages display the artist’s personal visual vocabulary and poetic response to materials. Recurring images—such as eggs, feathers, birds, baby animals, crosses, and circles—engage with universal themes such as vulnerability, resilience, infinity, and spirituality. Tawney placed an image of the face of the artist Pablo Picasso on the body of a bull in this collage.
  • Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
  • {{cite web|title=Picasso (verso)|url=false|author=Lenore Tawney|year=1978|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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