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

Still Life with Chair-Caning - Pablo Picasso - 1912

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

About Still Life with Chair-Caning

The artwork “Still Life with Chair-Caning” by Pablo Picasso is a seminal piece in the oeuvre of 20th-century art, crafted in the year 1912. This collage is a depiction within the analytical cubist movement and is a still life that measures approximately 10 5/8 by 13 3/4 inches (27 x 35 cm). It is currently housed in the Musee Picasso in Paris. The medium and techniques employed in the collage carry innovative significance, as it integrates various materials to challenge and redefine traditional artistic boundaries.

The artwork showcases Picasso’s bold experimental approach through its fragmented perspective and incorporation of unconventional materials. At the forefront, one can discern an assemblage of forms that might suggest elements commonly found in a still life, such as a glass, a slice of lemon, and a newspaper. These objects are fragmented and reassembled in a manner that reflects the cubist notion of depicting objects from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. The use of oilcloth with a chair-caning pattern, along with rope framing the composition, adds a tactile element that blurs the line between painted surface and real-world object. This work is thus a significant example of how Picasso, along with his contemporaries, propelled the concept of collage into the realm of fine art, creating a dialogue between painting and sculpture, high art and low art, craftsmanship, and conceptualism.

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