Still Life with Harp and Violin (1911-1912) by Georges Braque

Still Life with Harp and Violin - Georges Braque - 1911-1912

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Harp and Violin
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions116 x 81 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Location Created France

About Still Life with Harp and Violin

The artwork “Still Life with Harp and Violin” by Georges Braque is a seminal work of art completed in 1911-1912, manifesting key concepts of the Analytical Cubism movement. This oil on canvas measures 116 x 81 cm and is categorized within the still life genre. Created in France, the piece currently resides in the collection of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, located in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The artwork is characterized by its fragmented and abstracted forms, typical of Analytical Cubism, where objects are broken down, analyzed, and reassembled in an abstracted form on the canvas. In “Still Life with Harp and Violin,” Braque dissects the conventional representation of space and object, opting instead for a complex arrangement of geometric shapes and muted tones. This allows viewers to perceive the subject matter from multiple perspectives simultaneously. Palette choices favor a range of neutrals, employing various shades of browns, greys, and creams, which contribute to the overall cohesion and depth of the composition. The interconnected forms and lines guide the eye across the canvas, creating an almost rhythmic flow.

Through his exploration of form and perspective, Braque challenges the traditional viewer’s experience of art, proposing a visual dialogue on how reality can be perceived and depicted beyond the limitations of classical representation.

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