Still Life with Chair-Caning (1912) by Pablo Picasso

Still Life with Chair-Caning - Picasso, Pablo - 1912 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Chair-Caning
ArtistPablo Picasso
Dimensions10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 35 cm.)
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationMusee Picasso, Paris
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About Still Life with Chair-Caning

At first glance, Picasso’s Still-Life with Chair Caning of 1912 may appear to be a conglomeration of forms instead of a cohesive image. To understand the painting and others like it, the pictorial language of Cubism must be broken down into its components. In 1912, celebrated painter Pablo Picasso created the iconic work entitled “Still Life With Chair Caning,” which represented his Cubist style of rendering objects. This approach upended traditional expressions and placed abstracted form at its core. Picasso had fully developed his revolutionary visual language by 1912 and was exploring further techniques to express his ideas. While still adhering to the tenets of cubism, he diverted much time and energy into experimenting with techniques such as low-relief surfaces and the inclusion of found materials into the artworks. His masterpiece entitled “Still Life With Bowl And Fruit” encapsulates many significant features of the innovatory Cubist language.

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