Georges Braque’s 1912 painting, “Fruit Dish and Glass,” represents a significant example of his Synthetic Cubist style. The artwork combines familiar objets with symbolic shapes to create a composition that is both recognizable and abstract. The papier colle technique used involved cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper, gouache on white laid paper, sand, and sawdust for texture.
The painting was created to commemorate a banquet held in Braque’s honor after returning from war. It incorporates a fruit dish and glass but is transformed into an art form through Braque’s creative use of shapes, textures, and composition. Picasso was evidently envious of Braque’s innovations in this artwork as well as his general technique.
Braque’s “Fruit Dish and Glass” initiated the ‘papier colle’ painting technique that became essential for many future artworks across different styles. This innovative masterpiece continues to influence contemporary artists worldwide as it remains one of the most brilliant examples of Synthetic Cubism ever created in art history.