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Pablo Picasso ~ Night Fishing at Antibes (1939)


Pablo Picasso
Night Fishing at Antibes (1939)
Oil on canvas
© Succession Picasso
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I think this is a painting that has suffered because of the time it was painted. Picasso finished it just as World War II was beginning its almost 6 year inexorable march to the dark abyss of History, and ever since critics have tried to find and attach prophetic meanings to the piece. No doubt encouraged by the largeness of the piece. It's the wrong way of looking at it. It's just a gorgeous, colourful depiction of night fishing at antibes. Simple.

It was based on Picasso's observation of night scenes off the shore of Antibes in the South of France. Men went out and fished by the light of acetylene lamps; the lights attracted the fish to the surface, where they could be netted or speared.

The human observations are the most interesting parts of the piece. The girls look empty headed with no interest other than eating ice cream and just being girls. The fishermen look as though they're a bit short on the uptake...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Night Fishing at Antibes (1939) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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