In this context of personal satisfaction and prosperity, Picasso produced a series of animated still lifes of which the present work is one elegant example. He focused on a limited number of objects in these works, including fish, guitars, glasses and fruit bowls. This prescriptive subject matter enabled Picasso to have the freedom to experiment with formal arrangements, adapting and developing combinations of shapes, while creating depth through tones and textures. Elizabeth Cowling observed of these 1920s still lifes: “In their poise, control, and subtlety, they remind one of Chardin's modest kitchen still lifes, in which a limited repertoire of everyday objects is shuffled and reshuffled to form a series of variations on the same melodic theme" (Elizabeth Cowling, Picasso, Style and Meaning, London, 2002, pp. 381-82). The deconstruction of form and the use of planes of color led to an abstraction of everyday objects that directly inspired artists of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s (see fig. 1).
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