Fishing Boats (1909) by Georges Braque

Fishing Boats - Georges Braque - c.1909

Artwork Information

TitleFishing Boats
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92.1 x 73.3 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Location Created France
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About Fishing Boats

Georges Braque was a French artist who painted Fishing Boats in 1909. It is an oil on canvas painting that measures 92.1 x 73.3 cm and falls under the genre of landscape paintings. Fishing Boats is an excellent example of Cubism, a style that was pioneered by Braque himself along with Pablo Picasso.

This painting features numerous overlapping geometric shapes and a monochromatic color scheme with limited shades of beige and brown. The use of Cubism in Fishing Boats is indicated by the geometrical structure, which breaks down the subject into simpler forms while maintaining accurate depictions.

In this artwork, Braque attempted to show not only what he saw but also what he felt about it in his unique style using different planes and angles to capture different viewpoints. By breaking down nature into these smaller pieces, he created a new way for people to see the world around them.

The painting showcases several fishing boats on water while birds fly over them against a background that seems like hills or mountains off in the distance. While there is no clear sky apparent from looking at it directly, one can imagine it between these jagged topography lines indicated by contrasting colors between light tones used for landmasses and dark ones used for foreground water waters.

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