Bottle, Glass, Fork

(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Framed: 92.4 x 75.9 x 8.3 cm (36 3/8 x 29 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.); Unframed: 72 x 52.7 cm (28 3/8 x 20 3/4 in.)
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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During this phase in the development of Cubism, Picasso began reversing conventional distinctions between solids and voids, making solid forms appear transparent, and turning space into solid, geometric shapes.


By 1911, Picasso's Cubist paintings began to approach total abstraction. This still life depicts a corked bottle, a wine glass, a folded newspaper, a knife, and a fork on a table. Always wanting to remain connected to the real world, Picasso began inserting fragmentary words and numbers with personal and political meanings. The fe 20 may refer to Café 20, a favorite meeting place for artists. EAN above [P]ARIS may allude to the anarchist newspaper L'Intransigeant.
Bottle, Glass, Fork

Bottle, Glass, Fork


Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Spain, 20th century


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