Still Life on a Table: Gillette is a synthetic cubist painting created by artist Georges Braque in 1914. Braque collaborated with Pablo Picasso in the development of cubism in around 1910. In this art piece, Braque combines charcoal, collage, gouache, and paper to create a decorative still life that falls under the genre of Synthetic Cubism.
Braque’s later works incorporated cubism elements into still lifes and other subjects. He often used color, line, and texture to explore the various perspectives of objects. “Still Life on a Table: Gillette” is an example of this style of work, characterized by its fragmented forms and flattened appearance.
The painting can be found in the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. It measures 48 x 62 cm and depicts objects such as a glass, a newspaper, a razor, and a pipe. The razor, or “Gillette,” is prominently featured in the painting, perhaps echoing the modernization and industrialization of the time. Overall, “Still Life on a Table: Gillette” showcases Braque’s ability to combine traditional themes with a modern aesthetic.