Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Poetry into painting: Mallarmé, Picasso, and punning

Shingler, Katherine

Poetry into painting: Mallarmé, Picasso, and punning Thumbnail


Katherine Shingler


This article gives a critical assessment of the relationship between the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and the Cubist painting and collage of Pablo Picasso. Taking in a range of critical sources that have insisted on Picasso’s ‘mallarmisme’, the article sets out to shift scholarly debate away from its focus on Picasso’s punning reference to Un coup de dés in a 1912 collage, and its suggestion of a dialogue between poet and painter around high art and its relationship to popular, commercial forms of production. It proposes that we instead focus our attention on the punning structures shared by Mallarmé and Picasso’s work more generally – structures which give rise to a sense of simultaneity, or overlaps of meaning, and which ultimately suggest that in engaging with Mallarmé’s poetry Picasso was self-consciously reflecting on the notion of painting as a kind of language, with its own syntax.


Shingler, K. (2013). Poetry into painting: Mallarmé, Picasso, and punning. French Cultural Studies, 24(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 30, 2012
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 10, 2016
Journal French Cultural Studies
Print ISSN 0957-1558
Electronic ISSN 1740-2352
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Keywords Cubism, linguistic analogy, Stéphane Mallarmé, Pablo Picasso, pictorial syntax, simultaneity, text−image relationships
Public URL
Publisher URL


Downloadable Citations