Still Life with Grapes

Still Life with Grapes

1918
Artist
Georges Braque, French, 1882-1963
Born: Argenteuil, France
Work Locations: France
Country
France
painting
Oil paint on canvas
The Charles Francis Hendrie Memorial Collection
1966.181

Georges Braque 
Still Life with Grapes, 1918
Oil paint on canvas
The Charles Francis Hendrie Memorial Collection, 1966.181
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Dimensions
frame height: 29 1/4 in, 74.2950 cm; frame width: 36 in, 91.4400 cm; frame depth: 3 1/2 in, 8.8900 cm; image height: 18 1/4 in, 46.3550 cm; image width: 25 in, 63.5000 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art
Georges Braque Still Life with Grapes Oil on canvas FH: 29.25in, FW: 36in; FD: 3.5in; IH: 18.25in; IW: 25in Charles Francis Hendrie Memorial Collection, 1966.181 Cubism, a technique that outraged art connoisseurs in the early twentieth century, is a way to portray three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. By deconstructing them into an arrangement of overlapping planes that represent multiple points of view, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso upset the illusionist conventions of earlier art. In this still life, Braque created a composition of overlapping planes to create a symphony of color and texture, while leaving clues to the original subject; grapes and a partial newspaper heading Le Journal are clearly visible. Thanks to his early training as a painter-decorator, Braque was a master of textures. The grain of the brownish wood-like panel at the right is simulated by a comb he ran over the surface of the wet paint.
Exhibition History
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1972
  • "Painting in Paris"--Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1993
  • "Fracture: Cubism and After" at the Denver Art Museum, Jan 26, 2014 to Jan 10, 2016