Picasso painted this still life at Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera in 1924. It was a relatively tranquil time in his life, marked by the birth of his son Paolo with wife Olga Koklova. Picasso's lively still lifes of the period often express the simple pleasures of domestic life. He produced various tactile effects in this painting by adding sand to his paints and mixing them with substances that made certain surfaces intentionally crack.
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