Still life with skull on an armchair (1946) by Pablo Picasso

Still life with skull on an armchair - Pablo Picasso - 1946

Artwork Information

TitleStill life with skull on an armchair
ArtistPablo Picasso
Art MovementCubism,Surrealism

About Still life with skull on an armchair

The artwork entitled “Still life with skull on an armchair” was created by the influential Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in 1946. This piece is recognized as part of the Cubist and Surrealism art movements and is categorized within the still life genre. The artwork exemplifies the innovative approach and style that Picasso was renowned for, particularly his ability to merge different art movements into a single cohesive work.

The artwork exhibits a strong sense of geometric abstraction, a hallmark of Cubism, with the objects broken down into fragmented shapes and forms. Still life elements are evident in the depiction of what seems to be a skull resting on an armchair, indicated by both title and visual cues. The chosen palette is relatively subdued with various gray tones complemented by whites and creams, and hints of black that serve to outline and define the shapes within the composition. The use of shading and the interplay between light and dark add depth to the work, while the contrast between sharp lines and curved forms creates a dynamic tension. The composition provides multiple perspectives on the subject matter, inviting viewers to examine and interpret the juxtaposition of forms and the relationship between the objects depicted. Overall, the artwork reflects Picasso’s continuous exploration of form, perspective, and the essence of the objects captured within his artistic vision.

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