Following on from Cat and Bird, Picasso produced the haunting beauty of Night Fishing at the Antibes. The huge canvas measures 11 foot by 7 foot and the artist uses his frequent method of separating objects into triangular groups.
This work was inspired by romantic walks with Dora Maar on the French Riviera. They would often see fishermen working busily at night and making use of the best fishing time of the day.
A abstract form of Dora can be seen watching over the fishermen, captured in a highly abstract form of simple shapes and lines.
This carefully composed painting offers excitement to the eye, with bright colours appearing from right across the canvas, as if focusing the eye during low light.
The key to this artwork is the colour scheme of violet, green, yellow and red which emerge from the darkness of the night.