Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

Segment of Pear, Wineglass and Ace of Clubs

Spring 1914

Collage of pasted colored laid and wove papers, distemper (gesso), gouache, and graphite on cardboard

sheet: 46 × 38 cm (18 1/8 × 14 15/16 in.)
framed: 58.4 × 50.8 cm (23 × 20 in.)
The John Hay Whitney, B.A. 1926, Hon. M.A. 1956, Collection
In Segment of Pear, Wineglass, and Ace of Clubs, first owned by Gertrude Stein, Picasso plays with both looking down onto an oval surface—a platter or café table on top of which sit various objects—and looking straight at an oval picture on an easel, as suggested by the decorative beaded “frame” on the left side. As recent scholars have noted, in evoking both a horizontal table and a vertical picture in Segment of Pear, Wineglass, and Ace of Clubs, Picasso simultaneously suggests the realms of both writing and painting.
Made in France
20th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

Gertrude Stein, Paris; the Gertrude Stein Estate c/o Alice B. Toklas, Paris, 1946-47; from whom purchased by John Hay Whitney, 1968.


Susan Greenberg Fisher et al., Picasso and the Allure of Language, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 4–5, 18, 77–83, 86, no. 8, ill.

Deborah Rothschild, ed., Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007), 217, fig. 14.

Isabelle Alfandary et al., The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, eds. Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca A. Rabinow, exh. cat. (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2011), 447, Plates 357–59, ill.

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