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Still Life with Fruits and Stringed Instrument

A work made of oil and sand on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil and sand on canvas.

Date:

1938

Artist:

Georges Braque
French, 1882–1963

About this artwork

Among Georges Braque’s largest and most ambitious still lifes of the 1930s, Still Life with Fruits and Stringed Instrument features complex ornamentation and over-lapping, visually playful patterns that create rhythmic movement. An example of what Braque called “rhyming shapes” and “metamorphic confusion,” the round fruits on the table mimic the holes of stringed instruments, and the curving lines of the mandolin evoke a fruit bowl. “Echo answers to echo,” Braque once said, “everything reverberates”—even the work’s surface, which he enlivened with coarse sand.

Status

On View, Gallery 394

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Georges Braque

Title

Still Life with Fruits and Stringed Instrument

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1938

Medium

Oil and sand on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.l.: "G Braque 38"

Dimensions

45 × 58 in. (114.3 × 145.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Leigh Block

Reference Number

1988.141.6

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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