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Man with a Violin
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Man with a Violin

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

39 3/8 × 28 13/16 inches (100 × 73.2 cm) Framed: 46 × 35 1/4 × 4 1/4 inches (116.8 × 89.5 × 10.8 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 272, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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A tall, pyramidal form at the center of this painting evokes a human presence, with clues suggesting hair, a moustache, and ears. Two F-shaped sound holes are the only signs of a violin, and scroll-like shapes at the bottom left suggest the arm of a chair. The painting dates from the spring or summer of 1912, a period in the evolution of Cubism often described as hermetic because the subjects appear to be sealed off from recognizable reality.

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