Monday, February 28, 2011

Violin and Palette

Georges Braque (1909), oil on canvas

After being inspired by Cezanne’s geometrized compositions, Braque abandoned his traditional Fauve perspective and embraced simplified faceted forms, flattened spatial planes, and muted colors—which became known as cubism. The hallmark of this phase was the breaking down or analysis of form and space, are seen in Violin and Palette. For instance, the image includes segmented parts of the violin, the sheets of music, and the artist’s palette. It is therefore appealing how the objects are still recognizable but fractured into multiple parts. Thus, this painting is a great representation of mixed creativity—pieces of a whole—as seen in the works of art and music.

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