Still Life with Violin is a 1912 artwork created by Georges Braque, a French artist whose work mainly focused on still lifes and exploring objects’ perspectives through color, line, and texture. The painting is a prime example of Cubism, a Modern movement that was established by Braque and Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in 1907.
The artwork measuring 24 7/16 × 18 13/16 inches is a charcoal and cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper, selectively varnished, on laid paper. The painting features a violin and a fragmented still life arranged in geometric shapes, portraying the artist’s interest in geometry and perspective. Still Life with Violin can be said to be one of the first works in synthetic Cubism, one of the two major branches of the movement, which involved the use of collage elements to create an image.
The painting’s style and arrangement centered on a still life with a violin are vital elements that depict the artist’s interest in music, an area in his life that was as important as his art. The artwork’s color, line, and texture indicate that Braque was always searching for new ways to enhance his explorations of objects and create a new art form. Additionally, the artwork’s nature to combine three-dimensional shapes with flatness and lack of space gives it an air of abstractness, making it an excellent example of Cubism.