PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881-1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: The Bottle of Rum | La Bouteille de Rhum, ca. 1965
Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Collotype and Pochoir on Wove Paper
Paper size: 80.8 x 67.5 cm. / 31.8 x 26.6 in.
Image size: 60 x 49.2 cm. / 23.6 x 19.4 in.
Additional Information: This collotype with pochoir is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered from the edition of 250, at the lower left margin.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 250 signed and numbered impressions and published by Guy Spitzer Éditeur, Paris.
The paper bears the ink stamp of the publisher verso, “Guy Spitzer, Éditeur | Pablo Picasso – La bouteille de Rhum | Tirage signé par l’artiste, numéroté et limité a 250 exemplaires | Cette épreuve porte le no.”
It is based on an earlier painting from 1911, now part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Picasso painted Still Life with a Bottle of Rum during the summer of 1911 in Céret, the small town in the French Pyrenees that was called the “spiritual home of Cubism” as it was very popular among Cubist painters. The painting was realised during the most abstract phase of Cubism, known as “high” Analytic Cubism (1910–12). This is one of the first works in which Picasso included letter forms. It has been suggested that the ones shown at the left, LETR, refer to Le Torero (the magazine for bullfighting fans), but they might simply be a pun on lettre, French for “word.”