House in a Garden (House and Trees) (1908) by Pablo Picasso

House in a Garden (House and Trees) - Pablo Picasso - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleHouse in a Garden (House and Trees)
ArtistPablo Picasso
Date1908
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 61 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

About House in a Garden (House and Trees)

The artwork titled “House in a Garden (House and Trees)” is a creation of the eminent artist Pablo Picasso, dating back to 1908. This piece, executed in oil on canvas, represents a seminal phase in the artist’s career as it aligns with the Cubist movement. Measuring 73 by 61 centimeters, this landscape genre painting is currently housed at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. As a quintessential Cubist work, the artwork breaks from the traditional perspectival view and conveys the subject through geometric forms and interlocking planes.

Pablo Picasso‚Äôs “House in a Garden (House and Trees)” is illustrative of early Cubism, characterized by the use of angular and fragmented forms to depict the reality as perceived from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. The artwork eschews the illusion of depth and three-dimensionality in favor of a flattened picture plane where each facet of the subject is given equal visual weight. The painting is suffused with earthy greens and browns, colors that resonate with the elements of nature, suggesting the presence of trees and foliage surrounding the structure.

The depiction of the house itself is abstracted into cubic and pyramidal shapes, while the surrounding trees and plant life have been dissected into a series of overlapping and interlaced planes. This breakdown of forms creates a rhythm throughout the composition, with the tonal variations contributing to a sense of volume and structure. The overall effect is one of harmonious fragmentation, through which the essence of a house nestled within a verdant garden is captured not through realistic representation but via a synthesis of form and color that stimulates the viewer to actively reconstruct the scene.

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