abstract; furniture; dish/bottle; music
Picasso's series of still -lifes on tables painted during 1919, known as the "guéridons," the French word for pedestal tables, belongs to a late phase of Synthetic Cubism. He explored the "guéridons" theme during the summer of 1919 in Saint-Raphael, on the French Riviera. Setting up his table before his bedroom window, he became obsessed with the pattern of the balcony grille outside his window and the horizontal lines of the wooden shutters.
In the lower part of the painting there are variations on the three legs of the pedestal table - on the left they are rounded, whereas on the right they are angular. A guitar lying on its side is recognizable by the hole in the upper center of the painting, while horizontal ribbing suggests strings. Above the guitar, to the left, is a bottle with a large stopper or cork that rises above the horizon in the background.
"Table, Guitar and Bottle" may be viewed as a painting within a painting. The gray band running around the edge of the composition serves as a second frame. The pedestal table also resembles an easel, with rectangular canvases stacked on it.