Pablo Picasso. Head of a Warrior. Boisgeloup, 1933
Pablo Picasso

Head of a Warrior

Boisgeloup, 1933
Not on view
Medium
Plaster, metal, and wood
Dimensions
47 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 27" (120.7 x 24.9 x 68.8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Jacqueline Picasso in honor of the Museum's continuous commitment to Pablo Picasso's art
Object number
268.1984
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

The warrior motif and the plaster's resemblance to pristine white marble allude to classical sculpture, but this work is, in fact, built from an assortment of found objects. The industrial pipe on which the warrior leans is only one of many surprising objects Picasso incorporated into this sculpture; others have been covered in plaster. A tennis ball forms the shape of each eye, X–ray analysis has revealed a crowbar lodged in the warrior's neck, and the ridges toward the base of the sculpture are formed from corrugated metal or cardboard. The warrior’s semicircular headdress is supported by a piece of chicken wire and decorated with discarded pieces of sculptural molds.

Gallery label from Focus: Picasso Sculpture, July 3–November 3, 2008

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Jacqueline Picasso
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jacqueline Picasso, 1984

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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