Techniques & Materials / Cardboard

Cardboard, as a general category, refers to a coarse laminated or composite wood-pulp board to which finishing steps have not been applied. It is typically used for common utilitarian functions, such as box making. The cardboard Picasso used as a tabletop in his still life with Guitar (assembled in 1913) retains indicators of its origins as a standard packing box, including its folds and metal staples.

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  • Still life with Guitar.

    Variant state. Paris, assembled before November 15, 1913. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist, 1973. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Department of Imaging Services: Photo John Wronn © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York