Pedestal Table, Glasses, Cups, Mandolin

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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Picasso’s still life, probably painted a few months before Braque’s, is arranged on a round pedestal table draped with a braided-and-fringe-trimmed cloth. The composition centers on the cup and saucer and the black sound hole of the mandolin. Depending on their placement and combination with other shapes, Picasso’s simple graphic marks—semicircles, triangles, short vertical and horizontal lines, and S-curves—assume the identities of different objects. For example, the prominent curved form with parallel lines at upper left denotes the loop of a curtain, while its fringed tassel, resembling a fluted bottle, dangles just below to the right.

Pedestal Table, Glasses, Cups, Mandolin, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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