©Pablo Picasso - Vase with Flowers on a Table 1969

Picasso Vase with Flowers on a Table 1969
Vase with Flowers on a Table
1969 116x89cm oil/canvas
Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

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From Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland:
For Picasso, as for many other artists, the flower bouquet was an opportunity to explore the possibilities of painting – although in this case colour is not necessarily his main interest. The picture’s point of departure are the forms of the vase and the bouquet, which on first sight seem to be no more than a muddle of brush strokes. But it is worth following the individual strokes: they result from the painterly gestures shaped by Picasso’s irrepressible willpower and fluid style. Paradoxical as it may sound, they show him above all to be an unrivalled master of line drawing. Whether with brush, pen or pencil, he was capable of rendering every line with a kind of emotionally charged ‘effet’, investing his pictures with compelling excitement.