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A painting of geometric shapes and dots within a plain, wide, off-white border.

The painting shows a group of objects on a smaller panel glued to a larger one, visible areas of the larger panel are gray. The figure is bordered by loosely applied brown paint with black diagonal lines at the bottom. The left edge of the figure is black, a composite of a circle within a circle surrounded by orange dots tops a rectangle, the bottom left side sheared off. The right side, an inverted dome with green dots. The base is an oval, a triangle topped by a circle which is placed a white rectangle. The right side is gray with black horizontal lines from middle to the bottom.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
Glass of Absinthe and Cigarette
Work Type
Persistent Link


Level 1, Room 1300, Modern and Contemporary Art, Early Modernism
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on panel mounted on cardboard
16 x 11.6 cm (6 5/16 x 4 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: Removed from verso: Fogg Art Museum / TLOAN / 15758.1


Recorded Ownership History
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris].[Hotel Drouot, 4th Kahnweiler sale 7-8 May 1923, Lot 323]. [Valentine Gallery], sold; to Private Collector, (1943-1975), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1975.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 61, fig. 52, ill. (b/w)

Exhibition History

  • Cubism: Explorations and Adaptations, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 09/18/1982 - 10/26/1982
  • Masterpieces of European Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/22/1985 - 09/15/1985
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/13/2009 - 01/17/2010
  • HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/12/2010 - 01/15/2011
  • 32Q: 1300 Early Modernism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2016 - 01/01/2050

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