The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Claude Picasso.
Throughout his career, Picasso often returned to the practice of cutting paper, which was a traditional Andalusian activity, but instead of making paper dolls, he used the procedure for new artistic purposes. In 1914, when Picasso executed the present work, he was experimenting with collage – that is, pasted on paper elements in his compositions – Picasso revived this practice of cutting as an alternative to drawing. On Boite Peinte, he has attached such cut-paper shapes which he then painted upon to keep the overall pattern intact. The work remained in the estate of the artist and was later inherited by the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso.
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