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Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

Shells on a Piano

Paris, 1912

Oil on canvas

24.1 × 41 cm (9 1/2 × 16 1/8 in.)
Katharine Ordway Collection
Made in France
On view
20th century

-Galerie Kahnweiler (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler's first gallery, 1907-1914), Paris
Kahnweiler property seized by French government in 1914. Sold at First Kahnweiler Sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 13-14 June 1921, lot 76.
-Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Berlin
-Edward von Saher, Amsterdam
-Purchased from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, 18 June 1948.


Lesley K. Baier, The Katharine Ordway Collection, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 28–30, 106, no. 67.

Susan Greenberg Fisher et al., Picasso and the Allure of Language, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 6, 17, 52, 62–69, no. 6, ill.

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