Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 is on view through April 15, 2013 at The Museum of Modern Art. Find out more at MoMA.org/inventingabstraction.


Duncan Grant, Interior at Gordon Square, 1914-1915
A GIFTIn February 1914 Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant visited Pablo Picasso’s Paris studio. After seeing some of the artist’s cut-and-pasted paper compositions, many of which incorporated bits of decorative wallpaper, Grant returned with a roll of wallpaper he had found in his hotel room. This “excited [Picasso] very much as he makes use of them frequently and finds [them] very difficult to get. He sometimes tears small pieces off the wall,” Grant later recalled.

Duncan Grant, Interior at Gordon Square, 1914-1915


A GIFT

In February 1914 Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant visited Pablo Picasso’s Paris studio. After seeing some of the artist’s cut-and-pasted paper compositions, many of which incorporated bits of decorative wallpaper, Grant returned with a roll of wallpaper he had found in his hotel room. This “excited [Picasso] very much as he makes use of them frequently and finds [them] very difficult to get. He sometimes tears small pieces off the wall,” Grant later recalled.

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