Carafe and Candlestick

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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From a distance, this still life, the first Cubist oil painting to enter Leonard Lauder’s collection, appears to be an unfinished gouache because of the dry and translucent quality of the colored strokes. The genre of still life allows an artist to demonstrate dexterity in rendering finishes and textures. Picasso reveled in moments of ambiguity that lead the viewer to wonder where the light source is located, how many pears are depicted, and why the carafe and glass are shown from above while the candlestick is seen from slightly below.

Carafe and Candlestick, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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