Man with a Hat and a Violin

Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Date: 1912

Medium: Cut and pasted newspaper, and charcoal, on two joined sheets of paper

Dimensions: 49 x 18 7/8 in. (124.5 x 47.9 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998

Accession Number: 1999.363.64

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


This work, created in Paris, belongs to a group of about seventeen other papiers collés by Picasso composed solely from newspaper articles. Here, he arranged cuttings from Le Journal of December 3 and 9, 1912, on a sort of scaffolding of straight and slightly curved charcoal lines. The various texts refer to the Balkan Wars, to the unrest of miners in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais départements, to critical issues debated in Parliament and in the Chambers, and to local announcements and advertisements.