Fruit Dish, Ace of Clubs (1913) by Georges Braque

Fruit Dish, Ace of Clubs - Georges Braque - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleFruit Dish, Ace of Clubs
ArtistGeorges Braque
Mediumcharcoal,gouache,Oil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 60 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Location Created France

About Fruit Dish, Ace of Clubs

The artwork “Fruit Dish, Ace of Clubs” by Georges Braque is a masterful creation from 1913, employing media such as charcoal, gouache, and oil on canvas. Measuring 81 by 60 centimeters, this piece is a quintessential example of the Synthetic Cubism movement, which Braque so prominently influenced. This still life is held in the collection of the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France, and like many of Braque’s works, it was created in France.

The artwork is a complex interweaving of geometric forms and fragmented objects, which converge to depict elements of a still life tableau. It displays a muted palette primarily composed of earthy tones and black and white, which contribute to the flattened sense of space. One can discern the presence of a fruit dish and playing cards, including the ace of clubs, which lends its name to the title. The use of different textures and patterns within the composition is evident, and this serves to delineate the various elements while simultaneously uniting them within the cubist style. Typical of Braque’s work from this period, there’s a dynamic interplay between the representation and abstraction, as objects are broken down into their fundamental shapes, yet still maintain a recognizable form. The composition speaks to the artist’s fascination with shape, light, and perspective, encouraging the viewer to explore the nature of reality and perception through its disrupted imagery.

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