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Georges Braque
Nature Morte (Violon et Compotier), also titled Still Life (Violin and Candlestick), 1910

This work embodies the dynamic and energetic qualities of Analytic Cubism, a revolutionary artistic style pioneered by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso to depict three-dimensional objects on a flat canvas without the use of traditional Renaissance perspective. In this conceptual approach to painting, perceived forms are broken down, fractured, flattened, and then reconstructed in multiple-point perspective within a shallow space. Braque described this kind of fragmentation as “a technique for getting closer to the object.”

Here, still-life props (some recognizable and some impossible to identify) are clustered toward the center of a gridlike armature. Braque united the objects and the background by opening up and covering over the boundaries of the black-outlined objects, and by using the same earth-toned colors for the entire painting. He transformed volumes in the still life to accommodate their multiple surfaces on a flat plane, thereby allowing the viewer to see more of the form than would be possible from a single vantage point.

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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. × 19 3/4 in. (60.96 cm × 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
Not on view at this time.

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