Quick note on a Picasso piece.

I’ve done a quick search for the literature for this Picasso piece, and one thing that struck me is that no one seems to have noticed the relationship between the content of the newsclippings in this piece, and the political activities of F.T. Marinetti. During this period of time, Marinetti was manifesting his doctrine of the hygenic value of war by participating in the First Balkan conflict; it was during the artillery assault on Adrianopoli that he wrote his seminal sound-poem Zang TumbTumb While the work wasn’t yet published (it was first published in Milan in 1914) one wonders if the inclusion of the clippings was a dig at the aesthetic nostalgia for war and the violent pretensions of the Italian movement, which were already a known element of the European art scene.

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