Although Pablo Picasso executed numerous works during the late 1930s that depict violence and anguish in response to the onset of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), he also simultaneously produced a number of works that are more serene or experimental. Between April 19 and April 30, Picasso made several still life paintings based on a single motif in rapid succession. Of this series, Glass, Vase, and Fruits is one of the simplest in composition, with the vase, glass, and fruit arranged on a ground of flat, triangular planes against a background of colorful bands. Throughout the work, textures vary from areas of density to lightly brushed and sometimes transparent washes.
Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017