Still Life with Compote and Glass

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881 - 1973)

1914 - 1915. Oil on canvas, 25 x 31". 1931.087

During his return to depicting identifiable objects in his Cubism, Pablo Picasso created this complex arrangement of colored shapes and faceted objects. He delighted in the many different surfaces and substances, including a wood-grained tabletop, swatches of wallpaper, dots of many colors, various foods, and sections of wood molding. He has explored the range of illusions that can be produced by using the faux marble surfaces, a shadow from a key or knob in the drawer of the table, pieces of fruit in both cross-section and profile, and picture planes that are flat against the surface or that sit at an angle and cast shadows.

© 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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