Jan 29, 2009

Fan, Salt Box, Melon

Fan, Salt Box, Melon


Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 100.3 x 83.5 x 7.3 cm (39 1/2 x 32 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.); Unframed: 81.3 x 64.2 cm (32 x 25 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1969.22


One of Picasso's earliest Cubist paintings, this still life depicts a group of objects on a table. A lady's green fan is opened and propped against the wall, where it dissolves into faceted, geometric planes. A wooden salt box, a sliced melon in a crystal bowl, and a rumpled cloth also rest on the table. While some objects are depicted from a frontal view, the table is tilted upright, as if seen from the ceiling.

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