Still Life by Georges Braque
Still Life, c. 1960, Georges Braque
George Braque (1882-1963) is one of the most technically skilled and influential artists of the 20th century. Along with his good friend and artistic collaborator, Pablo Picasso, he developed perhaps the most revolutionary artistic breakthroughs of the 20th century: Cubism.
Before his Cubist period, however, he was a member of the Fauvist movement, using bright bold lines and thick brushstrokes to draw attention to the importance of painterly experimentation and practice. Such interest in artistic experiments led to his fascination with geometry and Cezanne's use of perspective. More and more, Braque's works were transformed from loosely painted - yet still recognizable - landscapes and still lifes into a series of colored cubes.
Braque's works are thoughtful and intellectual works with cool color schemes, often employing little more than blue, grey, green and brown. This not only set the mood, but allowed the audience to focus on the lines and objects rather than becoming distracted with color. He employed the technique of fragmentation to capture movement and the experience of observation as a viewer does not simply see from one direction but turns to capture the object in full. Although he never achieved the celebrity of Picasso, he was a well-respected and revered modern artist who experienced great success in life and death.
In this original lithograph from Derriere Le Miroir, we see one of Braque's still lifes.The work is one of Braque's experiments with perspective, and the influence of Cezanne is clearly evident. We also see his interest in using line and shape - as opposed to color - to capture essence. The subject is a plate of fruit resting on a table. We recognized the fruit not because of its exquisite detail or even color (which could easily be a lemon or orange), but by its shape and enticing fleshy texture. The table is also monochrome and matches the wall behind it, adding a new layer to the idea of art reflecting experience rather than realism. As the audiences focuses on the fruit, the world around it vanishes into a blur.
- Onastasia Youssef
Sheet size: 14.75" x 22"
Condition: In excellent condition, with center fold as issued