The painting "Still Life" according to the signatures under it by the author himself was called - "Leek, Skull and Peaches", and was created in 1945. During this period, the artist creates a number of paintings of this kind, with the same plot, but with a change in some details. Among the heap of all kinds of triangles in the picture, the skull is clearly visible, the more pronounced the more its rounded shapes differ from the surrounding sharpness of the corners.
“Still Life” was written at the end of the war, which so impressed the artist that he devoted a whole period of his life to it, the so-called “War. Guernica. " And indeed, the paintings of this period are dark and gloomy, so in the Still Life lilac and blue colors prevail, and only the golden skull stands out from the general plan of the picture. But creating the center of the picture dark, as if urging the viewer to look in that direction, Picasso brightened the edges of the canvas, giving them the appearance of diverging sunlight. Apparently, such a spelling is not accidental, since the war was already ending, and a bright future loomed ahead, in which there would be no more skulls and bones, but still lifes remained.
This picture belongs to a series of three similar pictures that bear the same name but have a slightly altered plot, the pictures are written at the same time, and in order to somehow separate them, it is customary to introduce digital division from 1 to 4, since there are so many pictures under one the general name was written by the artist. He himself called the Devil, and therefore, when he was asked questions about why he depicts such a depressing embodiment of death in his paintings, he replied that the Devil has nothing more to portray.
In fact, the artist’s life was not so gloomy as it burns from the skull depicted in the picture, since Picasso lived up to 90 years and died already in fame, although the real glory did come after death.
Cranach Lucas the Elder