Pablo Picasso

Dish of Pears

1936

In Tate Modern

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Original title
Compotier de poires
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 380 x 610 mm
frame: 650 x 882 x 84 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Reference
T03572

Display caption

The dishes of pears in this still life are painted in a flat, graphic style. The white area behind the fruit was added as the final layer of the painting. It creates a sense of space behind the pears instead of a flat background of colour. Thick black lines separate the different elements in the painting. The result is an almost abstract pattern of colours and shapes. Picasso painted still life subjects throughout his career and in a range of different styles.

Gallery label, September 2019

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Catalogue entry

T03572 Dish of Pears 1936

Oil on canvas 14 15/16 × 24 (380 × 610)
Inscribed ‘15D. XXXVI.’ b.l. and ‘Picasso’ b.r.
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: Rosenberg & Helft; Mrs Kessler c. 1939
Exh: Picasso: Recent Works, Rosenberg & Helft, March–April 1939 (3, as ‘Compotier de Poires’); French Paintings from the Kessler Collection, York Art Gallery, May 1948 (9, as ‘Les Fruitiers’); The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (24, as ‘Le Compotier’); Picasso, Tate Gallery, July–September 1960 (141, repr. as ‘Still Life’); The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (not numbered, repr. in col.)
Lit: Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1957, VIII, no.311, repr. p.147 (as ‘Nature Morte’)

This still life is dated 15 December 1936.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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