Techniques & Materials / Faux Marbre

This technique, mimicking the patterning of precious marble, has uses ranging from bookmaking to interior decoration. Executed directly on canvas in sharply defined blocks, Picasso's marbleized patches refer to the original material and to the illusionism of handmade versions of it.

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    Paris, December 3, 1912, or later. Collection Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York