Man with a Guitar (1911) by Georges Braque

Man with a Guitar - Georges Braque - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleMan with a Guitar
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions116.2 x 81 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created France

About Man with a Guitar

The artwork “Man with a Guitar” is a seminal work by French artist Georges Braque, dated 1911. This oil on canvas painting is a superb example of the Analytical Cubism movement, measuring 116.2 by 81 cm. It is classified as a genre painting and is currently housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, US, although the artwork was originally created in France.

“Man with a Guitar” is characterized by its fragmented composition and muted color palette, adhering to the principles of Analytical Cubism which sought to deconstruct objects and figures into their constituent geometric forms. The artwork employs a monochromatic scale, primarily using shades of brown and gray, to simultaneously flatten the space and create depth through the intersection of planes and angles. Although the subject of the painting is a man holding a guitar, the representation is highly abstracted, with the figure and the instrument interlocking in a complex network of shapes. Upon closer examination, one can discern the curves of the guitar and perhaps a suggestion of the figure’s posture. Light and shadow are used not to create a realistic depiction but to highlight the form’s structural components. The overall effect is one that challenges traditional perceptions of form and space, encouraging viewers to engage with the artwork in a more contemplative and analytic manner.

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