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Still Life with a Bottle, Playing Cards, and a Wineglass on a Table
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Still Life with a Bottle, Playing Cards, and a Wineglass on a Table

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Geography:
Made in Avignon, France, Europe

Date:
1914

Medium:
Oil, sand, and graphite on sketch board, mounted on cradled wood panel

Dimensions:
12 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches (31.8 x 42.9 cm) Framed: 18 1/4 × 22 1/4 × 2 3/8 inches (46.4 × 56.5 × 6 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-95

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Label:
This relatively small painting on sketch board is a masterpiece of restraint. The colors are sober, and their relationships are established by the dark brown paint of the background and the reddish-brown varnish of the flattened tabletop, whose wood-graining effect was created by dragging a comb through the wet paint. The still-life arrangement on the table consists of a darkly shadowed bottle on the left, whose drab color and sand-encrusted texture contrast with the cheerful gaiety of the fluted wineglass and the box of JOB cigarette rolling papers on the right, as well as the five brightly patterned playing cards that hover mysteriously above the table.