Violin and Clarinet on a Table (1912; France) by Georges Braque

Violin and Clarinet on a Table - Georges Braque - 1912; France

Artwork Information

TitleViolin and Clarinet on a Table
ArtistGeorges Braque
Date1912; France
Dimensions55 x 43 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism

About Violin and Clarinet on a Table

The artwork “Violin and Clarinet on a Table” is a quintessential example of the Analytical Cubism art movement, painted by the master Georges Braque in 1912 in France. This piece is executed in oil on canvas and measures 55 by 43 centimeters. It falls within the genre of still life and showcases Braque’s innovative approach to form and perspective that typifies works from this period.

In the artwork, viewers are presented with an intricate composition of fragmented and interlocking shapes, as Braque deconstructs and reassembles the form and space around the eponymous violin and clarinet. The instruments are not immediately recognizable due to the fragmented nature of Cubist representation; instead, they are broken down into a series of planes and facets that suggest their curvature and volume. Muted tones dominate the palette, yet there are instances of bolder color that help to delineate objects within the still life. Textual elements, derived from contemporary media sources such as newspapers, are interwoven into the composition—a technique somewhat synonymous with Braque’s approach to Cubism. The subdued use of color and the complex overlay of shapes create a subdued, almost monochromatic effect, drawing the viewer’s focus to the geometric forms that invite contemplation of the artwork’s structural composition.

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