A Black Pedestal (1919; France) by Georges Braque

A Black Pedestal - Georges Braque - 1919; France

Artwork Information

TitleA Black Pedestal
ArtistGeorges Braque
Date1919; France
Dimensions75 x 129.8 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

About A Black Pedestal

“A Black Pedestal,” a significant work by Georges Braque completed in 1919 in France, is a quintessential representation of the Cubist movement. The artwork, an oil on canvas, measures 75 by 129.8 centimeters and is categorized within the still life genre. It boasts a prestigious location, being housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. Braque’s expertise in manipulating form and perspective is evident in this composition, which exhibits the fragmented and abstracted elements characteristic of Cubism.

The artwork itself reveals a complex arrangement of shapes and colors, intertwining to create a disjointed vision of a still life. The palette is relatively muted, with earth tones dominating and punctuations of patterned textures providing a semblance of depth and form. Objects are broken down into geometric segments, with light and shadow utilized to suggest their inherent three-dimensionality within a two-dimensional plane. Despite the inherent abstraction, hints of the pedestal and everyday objects, possibly tableware or newspapers, can be discerned, though their exact nature remains elusive. This ambiguity and the challenge to the viewer’s perception are hallmarks of Cubism, inviting a contemplative engagement with the reality depicted in the piece.

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