© 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Place made: Paris, France

Nature morte: compotier (Still Life: Fruit Dish), 1909, published 1911

Drypoint
plate: 13 x 11 cm. (5 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.)
sheet: 22.5 x 19.8 cm. (8 7/8 x 7 13/16 in.)
Museum purchase, with funds bequest of Mrs. Herbert S. Landfeld
x1976-19
© 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Baer 22; Bloch 18
Picasso and Braque had only recently established the fundamentals of Cubism when Picasso translated the style's savage energy and fragmented surfaces into a graphic medium in this delicate still life, clearly inspired by Cézanne. Unlike the spare linear prints of nudes, acrobats, and circus performers that Picasso made during his Blue and Rose periods, this small drypoint concentrates on complex tonal variations of light and shade.