linocut in colours
image 59 x 70 cm (23 1/4 x 27 1/2 in.) sheet 62,1 x 75,2 cm (24 1/2 x 29 5/8 in.)
signed and numbered lower right Edition of 160 examples
Picasso's linocut "Nature morte à la pastèque" is an excellent example of his mastery of this artistic technique. Because in most of his linocuts, Picasso used only two colours, but here there are eight that create the bright colours of the sheet despite the night scene illuminated by artificial light. Created in 1962 in Vallauris and also printed there, this still life conveys a summery, Mediterranean atmosphere through the subject - the eponymous watermelon and the cherries placed on a table with it. There are practically no outlines in this representation, but the colours also form the body of the objects. And the artificial light of the ceiling lamp has something like the sun due to the spiral shape and the emitted rays that are reflected by the shiny surfaces of the cherries. One is almost tempted to say that it is a Spanish motif that Picasso borrowed from his compatriot Miró.