Pablo Picasso

Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle

1914

Original title
Compotier, Violin, Bouteille
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 920 x 730 mm
Collection
Lent by the National Gallery 1997
On long term loan
Reference
L01895

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This table-top scene, with its fruit-bowl, violin, bottle and (painted) newspaper, is constructed from areas of colour that resemble cut-out pieces of paper. The background has been left white. Picasso and Braque had been making collages that experimented with representation and reality since 1912. They soon began to simulate the appearance of collage materials in their oil paintings, sometimes adding sand to the paint to give a heightened reality to the picture surface.

Gallery label, November 2012