Candlestick and Playing Cards on a Table

Georges Braque French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908

In their quest to upend tradition in art, Braque and Pablo Picasso remained ironically committed to long-established subjects in the history of European painting: portraiture, the human figure, and still life. Here, Braque’s still life attracts the viewer with fragments of recognizable objects. Within the tonal brushwork of grays, browns, and blacks, we can catch glimpses of the corner of a table, a brass candlestick, and playing cards. The oval format, which dates back to sixteenth-century France, concentrates and compresses the painting’s energy.

#1855. Candlestick and Playing Cards on a Table

Candlestick and Playing Cards on a Table, Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris), Oil on canvas

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