Techniques & Materials / Paint with Grit

Picasso mixed different gritty particles into his paints to create canvases with textured or built-up surfaces. He applied these modified paints either as an overall surface preparation or in very discrete segments. Depending on the type and amount of material added, the effects range from very low relief to rough, almost rocky additions.

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  • Violin Hanging on the Wall

    . Possibly begun Sorgues, summer 1912, completed Paris, early 1913. Kunstmuseum Bern. Hermann and Margrit Rupf Foundation. Peter Willi/The Bridgeman Art Library © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York