Pablo Picasso / Still Life with Biscuits / 1924Pablo Picasso
Still Life with Biscuits

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Creator Name: Picasso, Pablo
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1881 - 1973
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Málaga, Spain
Creator Death Place: Mougins, France
Creator Name-CRT: Pablo Picasso
Title: Still Life with Biscuits
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1924
Creation End Date: 1924
Creation Date: 1924
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil (with sand) on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 119cm x 138cm x 8.5cm, Unframed: 80.8cm x 100.4cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "Picasso / 24 [probably added later]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1978.45
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Copyright: ? Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Provenance: Paul Rosenberg, Paris; (E. V. Thaw)
Context: Painted in 1924 at Juan-les-Pins on the French Rivera, this composition belongs to a series of large, synthetic cubist still lifes created by Pablo Picasso in the mid-1920's. It's cheerful, lively colors and playful forms reflect a relatively tranquil time in the artist's personal life-between the birth of his first son, Paolo (1921), and before his marriage with Olga began to deteriorate. During this period Picasso painted numerous still lifes expressing the simple pleasures of domestic life. This picture includes three pieces of fruit in a white bowl, a bottle, a slice of an apple (painted black and blue), a knife, and a plate of biscuits. Picasso added sand to certain color areas, creating rough surfaces that contrast with smoother ones where brushstrokes are nearly invisible. In other areas, he created intentional crackling by mixing paint layers with varnish or some other substance that made them dry faster than the paint underneath.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1978.45
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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