Georges Braque’s “Still Life BACH” painting, created in 1912, reflects the Analytical Cubism style that he co-invented with Pablo Picasso. The piece is notable for featuring Braque’s signature prominently on the face, which invites a homophonic association between his name and that of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
In this work, as with other Analytical Cubist paintings, Braque sought balance and harmony through the use of papier collés or collage techniques. “Still Life BACH” uses flat shapes and muted tones to portray objects such as a pipe, sheet music, and musical instruments in an abstract grouping. This painting is one of Braque’s earliest examples of Analytical Cubism works present within the collection of The Museum.
Analytical Cubism was a revolutionary way of representing objects that sought to deconstruct them into their component parts or planes rather than depicting them realistically. In this particular artwork by Braque, we can observe how he used repetitive geometric forms overlaid with each other to produce a sense of movement within still life.
Overall,”Still Life BACH” embodies essential characteristics present in Analytic Cubism; it redefined artistic conventions by exploring multiple perspectives simultaneously while preserving sculptural forms’ physicality. While reproductions and prints are unavailable for this artwork at present time these interpretations serve as lasting documentation highlighting both its creation by Georges Braque and its importance to greater art movements throughout history.