Pedestal Table (1913) by Georges Braque

Pedestal Table - Georges Braque - 1911

Artwork Information

TitlePedestal Table
ArtistGeorges Braque
Mediumcollage,Oil on Canvas
Dimensions116.5 x 81.5 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Location Created France

About Pedestal Table

The artwork, “Pedestal Table,” was created by Georges Braque in 1911. It is an example of Analytical Cubism, a movement characterized by the use of geometric shapes and the fragmentation of objects to depict multiple viewpoints simultaneously. This particular work, a collage and oil on canvas, is a still life that measures 116.5 cm by 81.5 cm and is presently housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. The artwork was created in France as part of the innovative genre that sought to break the conventions of traditional perspective in art.

Upon observing the piece, one can discern a complex array of shapes and forms interlocking and overlapping in a muted color palette. The use of light and shadow adds depth to the composition, while the geometric abstraction leads the viewer’s eye across the canvas. Within this abstract tableau, the viewers might identify elements that suggest a table setting, such as fragments of the table or perhaps utensils and other objects typically found in a still life. The ambiguity of the forms invites contemplation and interpretation, encouraging an examination of the relationships between the planes and the subtle transitions of light and texture. Braque’s artwork exemplifies the deconstruction of form and the pioneering spirit of Cubism, inviting the audience to engage with the scene not just visually but intellectually as well.

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