description of Nature morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick) by Georges Braque

A frenetic cluster of fragmented objects is at the center of this earth-toned oil painting. The simplified color palette and deconstructed, geometric shapes on overlapping planes, make it a quintessential work of Analytic Cubism. Bronze, brown, and tan angular shards are piled together with broken circles and odd shapes in the same colors. Within the pile, the distinctive curve of a violin’s body can be discerned near our bottom left, and an upright candlestick and circular flame can be inferred near the middle. Many of the broken-down forms appear flat, but others retain some depth with black outlines and silver shadows. However, the three-dimensionality is erratic and disorderly throughout the painting. The dozens of shapes grouped near the centre are surrounded by a rough, grid-like background, painted in the same palette with soft edges and discernible brush strokes.

Georges Braque, Nature Morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick), 1910
Georges Braque, Nature Morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick), 1910; oil on canvas, 24 in. x 19 3/4 in. (60.96 cm x 50.17 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Rita B. Schreiber in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Georges Braque, Nature Morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick), 1910

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Nature Morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick)
Artist name
Georges Braque
Date created
1910
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
24 in. x 19 3/4 in. (60.96 cm x 50.17 cm)
Date acquired
1989
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Rita B. Schreiber in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/89.78
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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