Man with a Violin (1912) by Georges Braque

Man with a Violin - Georges Braque - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleMan with a Violin
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 73 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland
Location Created France
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About Man with a Violin

Georges Braque, a French painter, collagist, draftsman, printmaker and sculptor alongside Pablo Picasso was one of the pioneers of Cubism. His early cubist explorations led him to create “Man with a Violin,” an analytical cubism painting in 1912. The painting features fragmented forms that depict a man holding a violin alongside musical notation.

The painting reflects Braque’s unique style that developed over time towards increased abstraction. One aspect that stands out in “Man with a Violin” is how the representation of the violin is broken down into geometric shapes which distort its traditional form. This nod to abstractism was characteristic of Cubism where artists sought to shift from traditional forms.

Braque’s art played an important role in the development of modern art, particularly his involvement in Cubism movement which transformed conventional norms on artistic representation. He died at age 81 leaving behind some of the most exceptional artworks ever created during his time as an artist, further cementing his status as one of France’s leading painters and sculptors.

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