Bottle, Newspaper, Pipe, and Glass’ is a still life artwork created by French artist Georges Braque in 1913. It belongs to the art movement known as Synthetic Cubism, which utilized various materials such as newspapers, sheet music or wallpaper adding texture to the work.
The artwork depicts everyday objects such as a bottle, newspaper, pipe, and glass in an abstract manner through the use of charcoal and pasted paper. The void in the center of the composition allows the viewer to see through, creating a sense of depth and an interesting visual effect. The work breaks from the tradition of conventional sculpture, as it showcases a new type of construction through the use of different media.
The style of ‘Bottle, Newspaper, Pipe, and Glass’ can be associated with other art movements such as Fauvism, Analytic Cubism, and Synthetic Cubism. Braque, along with fellow artist Pablo Picasso, developed the concept of Cubism, which influenced a whole generation of artists. Juan Gris is an artist that also created artwork using the same style as Braque.