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Picasso - Still Life with Steer's Skull (1942) 
Sunday, February 22, 2009, 04:34 PM - General
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Picasso's Still Life with Steer's Skull (1942) has rich, deep hues. The blue table cloth and the purples in the window, juxtaposed with the geometric lines, triangles and rectangles of the window frame, draw attention away from the central object, the skull. The black table legs peeking out from underneath the table cloth against a white floor play a stabilizing rhythm. The skull does not frighten. It does not move. No twisted contortions of form. No outrageous color. It just sits on it's holder for us to examine and contemplate.

If the skull is taken as a metaphor for death, Picasso is saying don't be afraid. There is beauty and logic and calm to be found all around.

Sally Porter
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