Pablo Picasso

Dish of Pears


Not on display

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

Display caption

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

Gallery label, January 2005

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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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