This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Depicting a scene of a pitcher and lemons, Pablo Picasso manages to breathe life into what would seem dull. With a rich
array of pastel pinks,
blues, greens, yellows, and oranges contrasted against bold dark blacks, reds, and greens, the objects are able to stand on
their own in Picasso
Nature morte au citron et un pitchet rouge (Still Life with Lemon and Red Pitcher), c. 1955. Illustrating the pitcher in a cubist manner,
the lights and
shadows are separated with distinct shift in color and tone. It is rendered in vibrant reds and pinks, with brushstrokes curving around
to create the
body of the pitcher. The use of the brighter red breaks the pitcher down into distinct sections – first the neck and spout, then the body,
the base. Balancing the image, a bright yellow lemon with the branch still attached, sits next to a delicate round orange. Both look
succulent, increased by the light colors of the background. The bright white on blue of the background makes the dark shadows
of the pitcher
and the fruits stand out in sharp contrast, creating a sense of depth and giving volume and complexity to the piece.
Created c.1955 after an oil on canvas from 1937, this color aquatint was printed on watermarked BFK Rives wove paper. Hand-signed
by Pablo Picasso
(Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin, this work is numbered from the edition of 300 in the lower
left margin. Printed and published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris, this work contains the Crommelynck blindstamp.