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Picasso - Mug - Large Still Life with a Pedestal Table (1931)

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Porcelain mug depicting a work of Picasso, Large Still Life with a Pedestal Table (Grande nature morte au guéridon , 1931), preserved at the Musée Picasso of Paris.

Still Life on a Pedestal Table reminds one not only of Halley's painting, but also of that of another postwar American artist, Roy Lichtenstein, master of producing high art in the popular idiom of the comic book.

Halley said: "There's also a pop quality in Still Life on a Pedestal Table, and in other Picassos of the same period, that seems to me to be way ahead of its time. A lot of 20th-century artists - and actually I think of Matisse in this regard even more than Picasso - share the language of comic-book artists and cartoonists. Their works are flat, coloured-in, diagrammatic.  Another thing that has always struck about Picasso's lines dividing colour areas is that the guy could really draw with a brush. It's a tough thing to do because the black line has to look like a positive mark, not a space between. But the colour areas it's dividing also have to have an edge that denotes them as a shape. And almost always he manages to draw those so that every form looks like a positive presence. That's real virtuosity. Contemporary painters sometimes try to do the same thing, and they always fall short. Picasso did it better than anyone."

Technical Specifications

Dimensions: 3.22" x H. 3.62"

Material: Porcelain

Museum: Musée Picasso (Paris)



Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, who remains one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is mostly recognized for the Cubist movement, which he co-founded with Georges Braque. Eventually, his masterpiece Guernica is a pivotal example of this. Firstly, Guernica displays the intense horror of the Spanish civil war and its impact on the city of Guernica. Then, Pablo's exceptional style helped the world understand the horrors of the war. Finally, it also brought Spain into the forefront of the European mind. Through Cubism, Picasso showed the world how two-dimensional art could be seen in a number of ways. The dimensions and angles are an abstraction of all the essential features of a scene with only their base shapes. Picasso's style transpires his free spirit, eccentricity, and a complete disregard for any criticism of his work. In addition, this modern approach to painting far ahead of his time supported Picasso’s indelible impact on the art world to this very day.


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