Compotier, bouteille et verre

During the early 1920s, Picasso tirelessly explored the pictorial possibilities offered by the juxtaposition of still life elements, often utilizing a variation on a combination of a stringed instrument (either a guitar or a mandolin), fruit-bowl and glass bottle, placed on a sideboard, an ornate pedestal, or a simple wooden table. With their fragmented forms and flattened planes, these compositions represent a continuation of Picasso's cubist explorations of the previousdecade.

The present still life was painted during the summer of 1922 in Dinard, a popular resort town on the northwestern coast of France. The three objects are united by several horizontally striated passages, powerful linear black shading that when set against blocks of color express volume and space. The dominant hues of the painting--lush reds and pinks, turquoise, sky blue and yellow--echo the summer palette of the ocean and beach. With the sobriety of the war years behind him, Gertrude Stein notes that "during this time his pictures were very brilliant in color, the cubic forms were continually being replaced by surface and lines, the lines were more important than anything else, they lived by and in themselves, he painted his pictures not by means of his objects, but by the lines" (G. Stein, Picasso, London, 1938, pp. 27-28). John Richardson also points out that the still lifes from this period "are astonishingly varied in their dazzling colors, elaborate patterning, rich textures and complex compositions. No longer did Picasso feel obliged to investigate the intricate formal and spatial problems that had preoccupied him ten years before. Instead he felt free to relax and exploit his cubist discoveries in a decorative manner that delights the eye" (Picasso, An American Tribute, exh. cat., New York, 1962).

Geneva, Galerie Krugier et Cie., Picasso: oeuvres cubistes de la Collection Marina Picasso, 1986, no. 185
Japan, Yomiuir Shimbun Sha Association of Art Museums, Exposition Pablo Picasso, Collection Marina Picasso, 1986 - 7

C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1975, vol. 30, no. 278 (illustrated, pl. 94)
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: Neoclassicism II 1922-1924, San Francisco, 1996, p. 16, no. 22-041 (illustrated)

The Estate of the Artist
Marina Picasso (by descent from the above).
Anon. sale: Sotheby's, New York, 6 November 1991, lot 61
Private Collection, Europe (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, 21 June 2005, lot 369)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Pablo Picasso | Print as an original art form, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Pablo Picasso, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
Picasso Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Picasso-Giacometti, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Making Modern: Pollack / Picasso, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
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