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Still Life with Profile of Pitcher by Marthe Donas
Still Life with Profile of Pitcher by Marthe Donas

Still Life with Profile of Pitcher, 1918

Marthe Donas

A fascinating amalgam of shapes and textures forms a strange yet harmonious whole in this abstract painting. There are sinewy curves, like watery hands, or ocean waves; cylinders and cones, a pie-slice triangle, bright, shiny light passages and mysterious shadowy depths. The painting explores texture as well; surfaces range from brushy to smooth and polished. The artist called this a still life, yet if it contains traditional still life objects like fruit or a table, they’re hard to discern. Do you see the profile of a pitcher in this painting?

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Credit
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
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