After Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Nature morte au citron et au pichet rouge
Le pichet rouge
Medium: Aquatint in colours, 1955 , on Rives BFK paper, signed by the artist in pencil, "Atelier Crommelynck Paris" blindstamp/chopmark lower left.
Size: 13 x 16-1/4 inches (33 x 41.3 cm) (image)
20 x 25-3/4 inches (50.8 x 65.4 cm) (sheet)
Published by: Atelier Crommelynck, Paris
Note: Depicting a scene of a pitcher and lemons, 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. Illustrating the pitcher in a cubist manner, the lights and shadows are separated with distinct shift in colour and tone. Balancing the image, a bright yellow lemon with the branch still attached, sits next to a delicate round orange. The bright white on blue of the background makes the darks of the images stand out in sharp contrast, creating a sense of depth and volume to the piece.
Literature: Mallen, Enrique, ed. 1997-2020. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. (Reference: 55:113)