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Metamorphosis, Picasso's Hidden Valentine: Property of an Important Private Collection

Pablo Picasso

Compotier et guitare

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Metamorphosis, Picasso's Hidden Valentine: Property of an Important Private Collection

Pablo Picasso

1881 - 1973

Compotier et guitare

signed Picasso and dated 13.2.32 (lower right); dated and titled (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

38 ¼ by 51 ¼ in. 97.1 by 130.1 cm.

Executed on 13 February 1932.

Paul Rosenberg, Paris (acquired directly from the artist between 15 August 1933 and February 1934)

Douglas Cooper, London and Argilliers (acquired from the above in February 1935)

William McCarty-Cooper, London and Los Angeles (acquired by descent from the above)

Christie’s, New York, 11 May 1992, lot 52 (consigned by the estate of the above)

Private Collection, USA (acquired at the above sale)

Sotheby’s, New York, 10 May 2000, lot 32 (consigned by the above)

Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired at the above sale)

Acquired in 2004 by the present owner

Carl Einstein, “Anmerkung,” Cahiers d’Art, Paris, 1932, nos. 3-5, p. 147, illustrated

John Richardson, “Au Château des Cubistes,” L’Oeil, no. 4, April 1955, p. 21; pp. 24-25, illustrated in color

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso: Oeuvres de 1926 à 32, vol. VII, Paris, 1955, no. 375, pl. 163, illustrated

Exh. Cat., New York, The Museum of Modern Art and Paris, Grand Palais, Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation, 1996-97, fig. 6, p. 71, illustrated in color (titled Still Life with Guitar)

Exh. Cat., New York, Acquavella, Picasso’s Marie-Thérèse, 2008, p. 20, illustrated in color

John Richardson, A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932, New York, 2010, pp. 467-68

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso: From the Minotaur to Guernica (1927-1939), Barcelona, 2011, no. 315, illustrated in color (titled Fruit Bowl and Mandolin)

(forthcoming) Adrian Clark and Richard Calvocoressi, Wrestling with Reality: The Cubist Life of Douglas Cooper, New York, 2024

Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Pablo Picasso, 1932, p. 68, no. 213

Kunsthaus Zürich, Picasso, 1932, p. 16, no. 214

Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, The 1934 International Exhibition of Paintings, 1934, no. 183, pl. 24, illustrated (titled Still Life with Guitar)

Paris, Paul Rosenberg, D’Oeuvres récentes de Picasso, 1936, no. 3, illustrated (titled Compotier de fruits et guitare)

London, Zwemmer Gallery, Christmas 1939, 1939-40, no. 30

London, The Lefevre Gallery, School of Paris (Picasso and his Contemporaries), 1945, no. 37, p. 9 (titled Guitare et Compotier)

Birmingham, City Art Gallery, Modern French Art, 1947

Nottingham, Arts Council Picture of the Month, 1948

Edinburgh, University Art Society, Modern French Masters, 1950, no. 21

Marseille, Musée Cantini, Picasso, 1959, no. 38, illustrated in color

London, Tate Gallery (on extended loan 1982-85)

Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism, 1990, p. 14; p. 15, illustrated in color (titled Still Life with Fruit Dish and Mandolin); p. 37 illustrated (in a photograph of the interior of Douglas Cooper's Château de Castille)

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Picasso’s Surrealimus Werke 1925 bis 1937, 1991, p. 237; illustrated; p. 74, no. 39, illustrated in color

The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Paris, Grand Palais, Picasso and Things, 1992 (not included in the catalogue)