Violin and Pitcher (1910) by Georges Braque

Violin and Pitcher - Braque, Georges - 1910 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleViolin and Pitcher
ArtistGeorges Braque
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions46 x 28 3/4 in. (117 x 73 cm.)
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Location Created France
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About Violin and Pitcher

Georges Braque’s Violin and Pitcher is a still-life painting created during the early stages of the Cubist movement alongside Pablo Picasso. It depicts Braque’s personal belongings – a violin, a fruit bowl, a candlestick, and a newspaper. The outlines of the objects in the painting are extremely abstract and monochrome, typical of analytical Cubism.

This famous painting marked another era in Braque’s journey through painting and was part of an impressive still-life series he painted from 1910 to 1912. He simplified forms and flattened spatial planes, influenced by Paul Cezanne’s geometrized compositions. The result is an innovative perspective where every object is shown simultaneously from multiple angles.

Braque extended synthetic cubism into creating etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. His style became impressively decorative art where he played with different textures, colors, shapes to form cohesive visuals that grab anyone’s attention. His combination of geometric abstraction with vivid color palettes brought about influential movements leading up to modern art as we know it today. Overall Violin And Pitcher showcases one truly talented artist who persevered despite his tough times as serves as an inspiration for upcoming minimalist artists everywhere.

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