Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), 'Still Life with a Mandolin', 1924. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), 'Still Life with a Mandolin', 1924. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017.Credit

Still life with a mandolin by Pablo Picasso

Year
1924
Size
101 x 158 cm
Medium
Oil on canvas
Provenance
Bequeathed, Máire MacNeill Sweeney, 1987
Number
NGI.4522

Picasso spent the summer of 1924 in the village of Juan-les-Pins on the Côte d'Azur. This picture is the second in a series of large Cubist still-lifes that he painted during his stay. It is a night scene - in the foreground, a fruit dish, wine bottle, and mandolin rest on a table. These items are lit strongly, as if by an artificial source. In the background, foliage is silhouetted against broad patches of black and blue. The decorative wave-like scrolls on the table’s edge may be a playful allusion to the coastal setting of the scene.