Nature Morte au Poron (Still Life with Poron)

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Nature Morte au Poron
English: Still Life with Poron
Pablo Picasso Nature Morte au Poron.jpg
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions50.3 cm × 61 cm (19.8 in × 24 in)
LocationWelsh National Museum of Art, Cardiff, Wales

Nature Morte au Poron (Still Life with Poron) is a 1948 painting by Pablo Picasso. Picasso painted three versions of the work on 26 December 1948; one is in the collection of the Welsh National Museum of Art, Cardiff, Wales.[1][2] The painting is an oil painting on canvas and measures 50.3 × 61 cm.[1]

Picasso created few oil paintings during 1948, instead concetrating on his ceramics at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris on the French Cote d'Azur. His preferred subjects during this period were Françoise Gilot, his partner, and their son, Claude.[2]

The painting was bought by the National Museum Wales for £1.435 million in 2009 to celebrate the museum's centenary; £100,000 of which came from the Art Fund, with the remainder from the Derek Williams Trust.[2] It had initially been sold by the Parisian gallery Galerie Louise Leiris in 1949.[2] This was the first oil painting by Picasso to enter a Welsh public collection.[1]


A porron is a traditional Spanish drinking vessel, with a lemon and a lobster also depicted in the painting.[2] The hexagonal tiles on the floor depicted in the painting have been identified as those in Picasso's studio on the Rue des Grands-Augustins in Paris's Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Fairclough 2011, p. 115.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Nature Morte au Poron by Pablo Picasso". Art Fund. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  • Fairclough, Oliver (2011). A Companion Guide to the Welsh National Museum of Art. Cardiff: National Museum Wales Books. ISBN 978-0-72-000613-1.

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