Pablo Picasso Still Life 1914

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Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Title
Still Life
Nature morte
Date 1914
Medium Painted wood and upholstery fringe
Dimensions Object: 254 x 457 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1969
Reference
T01136
Not on display

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Picasso’s relief constructions, which he began making in 1912–13, extended traditional still life painting into three-dimensional space. This composition is closely related to his paintings of the period: it appears to depict a table top or small sideboard, with a knife, a beer glass, two slices of sausage and a slice of cheese or pâté. This work, however, emphasises that the painting is an object in itself. The incorporation of found objects – in this case, the real upholstery fringe to represent a table - helped to establish a new freedom in the artist’s choice of materials.

April 2009

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