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Verre et Pichet; Pablo Picasso; 24/07/1944; L1999/15

Verre et Pichet, Pablo Picasso, 24/07/1944, L1999/15
Name/Title
Verre et Pichet
About this object
Picasso produced a range of still life paintings during the Second World War, many of which use the jug, glass and candle as central elements. In still life painting a lit candle or lamp traditionally symbolises hope, while food and drink, no matter how sparse, are the basic nourishment of life. With the outbreak of war, Picasso's objects came to include memento mori - bleached white skulls and blood-red slabs of flesh, similar in tone to the violent protest demonstrated in the still life paintings of Francesco Goya and Paul Cézanne. These motifs became political symbols, for, as he said, 'a casserole too can scream'. Picasso's still lifes thus serve as powerful metaphors for the dark years of the Second World War - water will sustain life, but the lemon is also bitter, and the table is bare. Yet there is still an element of hope in paintings done at this time. After the Allies landed at Normandy on 6 June 1944, he began writing the specific date on the back of his paintings, sometimes producing several versions of the same theme in one day, as if repetition would somehow bring about a desired result. Verre et pichet is one of these, serving as a kind of advent calendar, awaiting the moment of epiphany. (from The Guide, 2001)
Maker Role
Artist
Date Made
24/07/1944
Medium and Materials
oil on canvas
Measurements
330 x 413mm
Subject and Association Description
still life, jugs, fruit, drinking vessels, symbolism, tables, abstraction
Credit Line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, on loan from the Thanksgiving Foundation
Object Type
Painting
Object number
L1999/15

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