This piece, which measures over three feet tall and three-and-a-half feet wide, resembles a still life painting that has been folded up like origami, then partially unfolded and presented atop a display table in a black, undefined space. At the center of the piece is a cluster of fragmented – but still discernible – objects, including a vase with green and yellow flowers, a mandolin with a rubbery neck, and a wooden artist’s palette with four brushes. The grouping also includes fragments of patterns, window frames, and white walls. The cluster has a hard outline and is light in color, detaching it from the black background, and adding to the impression that it represents a distinct, crumpled, painting-within-a-painting. The cluster appears to sit atop the outline of a formal display table, which rises out of the bottom of the canvas.
Georges Braque
Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin) , 1/1/2020

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin)
Artist name
Georges Braque
Date created
oil, charcoal, and graphite on canvas
32 in. x 39 5/8 in. (81.28 cm x 100.65 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase with the aid of funds from W. W. Crocker
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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