Still life with vases (1906) by Pablo Picasso

Still life with vases - Pablo Picasso - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleStill life with vases
ArtistPablo Picasso
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Still life with vases

The artwork titled “Still life with vases” was created by the illustrious artist Pablo Picasso in the year 1906. Executed in oil on canvas, this work is representative of the Post-Impressionist movement and falls within the genre of still life. It exemplifies Picasso‚Äôs exploration of form and color during a period of significant stylistic transition.

In the artwork, there is a collection of objects that appear to be placed on a surface against a neutral backdrop. The composition includes a variety of vessels, notably a pitcher, a pot, and a vase, each rendered with earthy and warm tones. Picasso has employed brushstrokes that convey both texture and the play of light on these objects. The shapes are delineated with a degree of abstraction, yet retain a recognizability that allows the viewer to discern the forms as everyday items one might find in a domestic setting. The brushwork is loose and apparent, which gives the painting a sense of immediacy and palpable artistic process. There is an economy of detail that focuses on the essence of the objects rather than their minute particulars. Overall, the artwork reflects a moment of innovative artistic enquiry by Picasso, a prelude to his later avant-garde explorations.

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