Georges Braque’s Fruitdish and Glass is a unique take on the still life theme, created in 1912. This cubist papier collé is made of cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper with gouache on white laid paper, an innovative technique that Braque is known for. The painting features a glass filled with grapes and pears that have been distorted into flattened versions of their actual shapes through the use of textures, shapes, and composition.
Braque was a French painter who specialized in Fauvism, Analytical Cubism, and Synthetic Cubism. Born on May 13, 1882 in Argenteuil, France; he later passed away on August 31, 1963 in Paris. He explored deep explorations of tonality which brought art nouveau themes to his work.
In this artwork specifically though half-recognizable it appears as an expertly executed vision. Fruitdish and Glass marks the beginning of the cubist movement which allowed for artists like Braque to use their pieces symbolically instead of just realistically representing one dimension or perspective. Housed at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art In New York City this piece still draws crowds due to its revolutionary nature.