Sugar Bowl and Fan

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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With its basic arrangement of an inclined tabletop, apple, and seemingly unfinished passages, this watercolor owes much to the art of Paul Cézanne, who Picasso once referred to as his “only master.” While the object at right traditionally has been identified as a fan, it may depict the blue paper in which sugar was packaged, folded into a series of knife-edged planes. The rhythmic expanse not only animates the composition but also highlights the faceted structures that are the hallmark of Picasso’s early Cubist style.

Sugar Bowl and Fan, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Watercolor on white laid paper

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