Still Life with Ace of Hearts (1914; France) by Georges Braque

Still Life with Ace of Hearts - Georges Braque - 1914; France

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Ace of Hearts
ArtistGeorges Braque
Date1914; France
Dimensions30 x 41 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Ace of Hearts

The artwork “Still Life with Ace of Hearts” by Georges Braque is a fine example of Synthetic Cubism, created in the year 1914 in France. Employing materials such as collage, pencil, and cardboard, the piece measures 30 by 41 centimeters. As a still life within a private collection, this work reflects the inventive explorations of form and perspective characteristic of its art movement.

In this artwork, Braque uses a limited color palette, appearing to concentrate on earth tones with subtle gradations of white and grey that provide a sense of depth and volume to the flattened pictorial space. A central figure in the composition, the ace of hearts card, becomes a focal point around which various geometric shapes and fragmented forms coalesce. The oval framing device orchestrates these components into a cohesive whole, challenging traditional representation by fragmenting objects and reassembling them into an abstracted form. This still life not only exemplifies Braque’s contribution to Cubism but also highlights the innovative visual language that emerged from this transformative period in art history.

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