Still life with the mandolin (1924) by Pablo Picasso

Still life with the mandolin - Pablo Picasso - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleStill life with the mandolin
ArtistPablo Picasso
Dimensions97 x 130 cm
Art MovementCubism

About Still life with the mandolin

The artwork entitled “Still Life with the Mandolin” was created by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso in 1924. This oil on canvas piece measures 97 by 130 centimeters and is a fine example of the Cubist art movement, which revolutionized European painting and sculpture in the early 20th century. True to the genre it represents, it is a still life, a category of art typically focusing on inanimate subjects.

In “Still Life with the Mandolin,” Picasso deconstructs and reassembles the subject in a manner that is characteristic of Cubist artworks, challenging traditional perspectives and presenting multiple viewpoints simultaneously. The mandolin, which is the central element of the composition, is depicted with fragmented and geometric shapes, emphasizing the Cubist style’s departure from realism. The color palette is somewhat muted yet contains bursts of more vibrant tones, lending the piece a rhythmic harmony that resonates with the musical theme of the mandolin itself. Shapes and patterns are juxtaposed in a flat, two-dimensional space, creating a complex and engaging visual puzzle that invites the viewer to interpret the scene. Through this work, Picasso explores the relationship between objects, space, and the viewer’s perception, exemplifying the innovative spirit of Cubism.

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