Nature Morte au Pot de Grès

Pablo Picasso

Picasso's Still Life works, whether in oil, pencil, lithograph or linocut, provided an equally important outlet for his creativity. Fine prints such as Nature Morte au Pot de Grès satisfied the artist's need to distribute his ideas in a variety of media, and compare directly to paintings such as Nature Morte: Fruits et Pot of 1939, in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The table and the objects in both are thrust forward in the composition, the effect partly due to 'the daringly simple background..against which the...objects appear to float.'  This effect of dynamic space, which had its roots in traditional Spanish still-life painting, would greatly influence British artists such as William Scott. It was, though, not arrived at by any contrived formulaic process, it depended utterly on the balance and tension between each object in the picture plane and was therefore a measure of pure artistic sensitivity.

The vastly different textures and patterning of the objects in Nature Morte au Pot de Grès are an intriguing device, also exhibited in Matisse's ink drawings, to suggest colour where there is none.

Artist
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Title
Nature Morte au Pot de Grès
Medium
Lithograph
Date
1947 : Dated '31.3.47' in the stone
Edition
From the edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
Image
16 ⅞ x 23 ⅝ in : 43.0 x 60.0 cm
Sheet
19 ⅝ x 25 ¾ in : 49.8 x 65.5 cm
Publisher
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Literature
Bloch 443; Mourlot 86
Reference
C13-19
Status
No longer available

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