Castle at La Roche-Guyon (1909) by Georges Braque

Castle at La Roche-Guyon - Georges Braque - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleCastle at La Roche-Guyon
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92 x 73 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Location Created France

About Castle at La Roche-Guyon

The artwork “Castle at La Roche-Guyon” is a creation of Georges Braque, painted in the year 1909. It is an oil on canvas piece, measuring 92 cm by 73 cm, and it exemplifies the Analytical Cubism art movement. Depicting a landscape, the artwork was created in France and is currently housed in the Van Abbemuseum, located in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The artwork presents a fragmented view of the eponymous castle, utilizing a subdued palette primarily consisting of earthy tones. Characteristic of Analytical Cubism, the castle’s architecture and the surrounding landscape are broken down into geometric forms and planes, offering multiple perspectives simultaneously. The composition gives the impression of overlapping and interlocking shapes, playing with spatial relationships and depth. Although the subject is discernible, the representation eschews realistic portrayal, leaning into abstraction that invites viewers to engage with the work’s underlying forms and structures. The careful arrangement of these shapes and the subtle gradient of colors endow the piece with a rhythm and balance, respecting the Cubist ethos of depicting form and space over the mimetic replication of the natural world.

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