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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, USA

Pablo Picasso
NATURE MORTE --  FRUITS, COMPOTIER, CARAFE SUR UNE TABLE
Estimate
1,800,0002,500,000
LOT SOLD. 2,322,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, USA

Pablo Picasso
NATURE MORTE --  FRUITS, COMPOTIER, CARAFE SUR UNE TABLE
Estimate
1,800,0002,500,000
LOT SOLD. 2,322,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
SPANISH, 1881 - 1973
NATURE MORTE --  FRUITS, COMPOTIER, CARAFE SUR UNE TABLE
Signed Picasso and dated 22 Octobre 1938 (upper left)
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 by 28 3/4 in.
60 by 73 cm
Painted on October 22, 1938.
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Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris

Vladimir Goldschmann, New York

Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York

Justin K. Thannhauser, New York

Sale: Sotheby's, London, December 6, 1978, lot 271

Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York (acquired at the above sale)

Acquired from the above by the present owner in May 1980

Exhibited

Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, International Exhibition of Paintings, 1939

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 9, Paris, 1958, no. 233, illustrated pl. 112

The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture.  Spanish Civil War, 1937-1939, San Francisco, 1997, no. 38-178, illustrated p. 194 (titled Nature morte au compotier)

Catalogue Note

Picasso's still lifes from the 1930s mark the artist's innovative interpretation of Surrealist themes.  Elements that are common to the genre of still life -- the table set with a glass, bowl of fruit and pitcher -- were undoubtedly reanalyzed for their Freudian connotations by the intellectuals within Picasso's circle, such as Jacques Lacan and Georges Bataille.   While Picasso made no secret to the sexuality at the heart of even the most platonic of his compositions, he objected to providing frank interpretations to his pictures.  "Sure, they're symbols, " he  said of the elements in another painting from around the same time, "But it isn't up to the painter to create the symbols; otherwise, it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words instead of painting them....  It's up to the public to see what it want to see" (quoted in D. Ashton, Picasso on Art, A Selection of Views, New York, 1980, p. 155).

Nature morte --  Fruits, compotier, carafe sur une table was first handled by Picasso's dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler through his gallery, which was known during the interwar years as Galerie Simon.  The picture was then acquired by the French music conductor Vladimir Goldschmann, who had made a name for himself in the 1920s conducting productions of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets russes and presumably met Picasso around that time.  He eventually relocated to the United States, where he served as the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra between 1931 and 1958. 

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