On February 3 in London, Sotheby's sells L'Explication, oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm dated 1952, lot 70 estimated £ 4M.
On the table in front of the open window, a hybrid object is standing. Two full specimens explain its composition: a bottle of wine and a carrot. The artist was interested in the tapered shape of both artefacts.
Yet this peaceful still life is achieving a considerable aggressiveness, with its two shades of red and its shell-shaped top end. The window opens on a space blocked by a stage curtain on which planets-balls are hanging, on the wrong side from the cosmos.
In line with La Trahison des images illustrated by the famous text Ceci n'est pas une pipe, L'Explication does not explain anything.