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Picasso painted still-life subjects throughout his career and in a range of different styles. Here the dishes of fruit are depicted in a flat, graphic manner. The white area behind the pears was, unusually, added as the final layer of the painting and creates a palpable sense of space rather than a simple blank background. The different elements of the composition are separated by thick black lines and the end result is an almost abstract pattern of colours and shapes

January 2005