Still Life in Front of an Open Window at Saint-Raphaël

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1919

Medium:
Watercolor and gouache with graphite on wove paper

Dimensions:
Sheet (irregular): 13 1/2 x 9 5/16 inches (34.3 x 23.7 cm)

Copyright:
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-102

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Label:
Picasso made this watercolor in the summer of 1919 while vacationing with his first wife, Olga Koklova, in Saint-Raphaël on the French Riviera. The newlyweds shared a cramped room with a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The decorative ironwork of the balcony railings is clearly visible in this watercolor, in which a foreground table, with a fruit bowl and a guitar, is framed by a large window and silhouetted against a serene expanse of blue sea and sky. Juan Gris had similarly placed still-life elements before an open window as early as 1915, although Picasso's reprise of this theme was also indebted to his recent stage designs for the Ballets Russes.