description of Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin) by Georges Braque

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), 1936
Georges Braque, Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin), 1936; oil, charcoal, and graphite on canvas, 32 in. x 39 5/8 in. (81.28 cm x 100.65 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase with the aid of funds from W. W. Crocker; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Georges Braque, Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin), 1936

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Vase, palette et mandoline (Vase, Palette, and Mandolin)
Artist name
Georges Braque
Date created
1936
Classification
Graphic Design
Medium
oil, charcoal, and graphite on canvas
Dimensions
32 in. x 39 5/8 in. (81.28 cm x 100.65 cm)
Date acquired
1944
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase with the aid of funds from W. W. Crocker
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/44.2641
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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