abstract image; geometric forms and arcs roughly in in form of a reversed small letter h; silver arcing wedge in LLC; top half of a portion of a wooden dowel with a white line placed horizontally at center right; wedge with rusty tack heads above and to right of silver wedge; yellow wedge at center; grey pigments concentrated in LRC and URC, with some crayon shading in LRC; round stamps at top left of center and on tan fabric above and to left of center; white fabric in shape of a sideways squared-off letter P at center; metal engraved name plate at bottom center: "STEINBERG"; thick white border and thin yellow border; received with Plexi vitrine cover

%C2%A9 The Saul Steinberg Foundation %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Still Life Table, 1970

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In this homage to the Cubist masters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Saul Steinberg borrows their vocabulary to make his own Cubist still life. The curving form with a black circle alludes to the guitars often seen in early Cubist images. His brass nameplate is nailed to what appears to be a violin. The tack heads speckle a form akin to an absinthe glass, sculptures of which Picasso famously painted with polka dots. The half cylinder and the gouged-out area above it draw attention to the spatial ambiguities set up by the seemingly—but not really—overlapping planes throughout the image.

Details
Title
Still Life Table
Artist Life
1914–1999
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.122.6
Provenance
The artist, New York; Saul Steinberg Foundation, New York; given to MIA, 2018
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abstract image; geometric forms and arcs roughly in in form of a reversed small letter h; silver arcing wedge in LLC; top half of a portion of a wooden dowel with a white line placed horizontally at center right; wedge with rusty tack heads above and to right of silver wedge; yellow wedge at center; grey pigments concentrated in LRC and URC, with some crayon shading in LRC; round stamps at top left of center and on tan fabric above and to left of center; white fabric in shape of a sideways squared-off letter P at center; metal engraved name plate at bottom center: "STEINBERG"; thick white border and thin yellow border; received with Plexi vitrine cover

© The Saul Steinberg Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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