Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. Fontainebleau, summer 1921

Pablo Picasso Three Musicians Fontainebleau, summer 1921

Floor 5, Collection Galleries

The three musicians and dog conjure a bygone period of bohemian life, enjoyed here by Picasso in the guise of a Harlequin flanked by two figures who may represent poet-friends of the artist: Guillaume Apollinaire, who had recently died, and Max Jacob. The patterned flatness of the work is derived from cut-and-pasted paper, and stands in stark contrast to the sculptural monumentality of Picasso’s Three Women at the Spring, also painted in the summer of 1921.

Gallery label from 2011
Oil on canvas
6' 7" x 7' 3 3/4" (200.7 x 222.9 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture