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Dartmouth’s Picasso in Paris

Picasso Guitar sur la Table.jpg

Picasso Guitar sur la Table Drawing.jpg

One of the Hood Museum’s finest paintings holds pride of place at the current Grand Palais exposition of artworks from the erstwhile collection of la famille Stein (Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso… The Stein Family). The 1912 painting, Guitare Sur La Table (click here for a professional photograph), was given to the Hood by Nelson Rockefeller ‘30 in 1975. According to Professor Barbara Will, President John Kemeny considered selling the piece — an important example of early Cubism — for cash during the endowment’s dog days in the 1970’s. However, he was convinced not to do so by the Hood’s director, Jan van der Marck. At about the same time, the College had a chance to buy a preparatory sketch (right) of the work, which was hanging next to Dartmouth’s painting in the Paris show. Sadly, we missed that opportunity for budget reasons.

Note: The painting was in the Stein collection from 1913 until Gertrude Stein’s death in 1946. Read the Hood Museum’s analysis here.

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