Georges Braque’s The Black Fish is a 1942 still life painting that depicts bottles and fish, subjects that have dominated Braque’s oeuvre. The artwork is an excellent example of Analytic Cubism, a style that the artist co-founded with Pablo Picasso. The painting expresses Braque’s exploration of dissecting objects into geometric shapes and planes.
The painting, which measures 33 x 54 cm, is in oil on canvas and can be found at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. As an Expressionist piece, its color palette consists mainly of grayish-brown hues in varying shades. This palette pays homage to the somber times during World War II when it was created.
Braque painted until his death on August 31st, 1963, at the age of 81. His works are among some of the most notable collections worldwide; they include those held by The Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.