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Creator Name: Picasso, Pablo
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1881 - 1973
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Málaga, Spain
Creator Death Place: Mougins, France
Creator Name-CRT: Pablo Picasso
Title: "Si tu veux"
Title Type: Foreign
Title: Harlequin with Violin
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1918
Creation End Date: 1918
Creation Date: 1918
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 171cm x 132cm x 7.5cm, Unframed: 142.2cm x 100.3cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "Picasso / Montrouge 18"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1975.2
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Copyright: ? Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Provenance: Sold to Paul Rosenberg, Paris; John Quinn, New York (1926); Paul Rosenberg, Paris and New York (by 1937, sold 1975).
Context: Paicasso painted Harlequin with Violin ("Si tu veux") in the style known as synthetic Cubism, in which lively colors and large, geometric shapes were used to depict recognizable subjects. Here, the violin and sheet music provide hints of the picture's meaning. The diamond-patterned costume and the dark, triangular hat identify the musician as Harlequin, a jokester and character for the popular theater known as the Commeida dell' arte. For many years Picasso depicted himself as Harlequin, yet the musician in this painting also wears the mask and white hat associated with the melancholy Pierrot, another character in the Commedia. Perhaps the most revealing clue to the painting's meaning is the phrase "Si tu veux," written at the top of the sheet of music, and referring to a popular song that begins: "Si tu veux, Marguerite, faire mon bonheur, donne-moi ton coeur" (If you like, Marguerite, make me happy, give me your heart.) This may have been intended as a loving joke to the Russian ballet dancer, Olga Koklova, who Picasso married in 1918.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1975.2
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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