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Guitare, bec à gaz, flacon [Guitar, Gas-jet and Bottle]
© Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2015

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Guitare, bec à gaz, flacon [Guitar, Gas-jet and Bottle] 1913

Not on display

In 1912 Picasso and his friend Georges Braque began experimenting with sticking pieces of paper onto their drawings. This technique, known as 'papier collé' (stuck paper), in turn affected the way they painted. In this painting, Picasso has used a range of media and techniques. The gas-jet at the back is drawn in charcoal, while the stylized glass at the bottom is scraped into thick white paint. Picasso has used varnish to paint the vertical strip in the middle of the painting, and mixed grit with his paint to paint the bottle and surrounding area, on the right of the picture.

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Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.

Papier collé

A French term used to describe a collage made from paper.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

Medium/ media, Papier collé , Stylization


  • Acc. No. GMA 2501
  • Medium Oil, charcoal, tinted varnish and grit on canvas
  • Size 70.40 x 55.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1982