Candlestick and Playing Cards on a Table

Georges Braque French

Not on view

In their quest to upend tradition in art, Braque and Pablo Picasso remained somewhat ironically committed to long-established subjects in European painting: portraiture, the human figure, and still life. Here, Braque’s still life seduces the viewer with fragments of recognizable objects. In the lower center of the composition, a table corner emerges from the painting’s tonal palette of grays, browns, and blacks. Farther back, the base of a brass candlestick appears atop a table. To the right float two playing cards: the ace of hearts and the six of diamonds. The oval canvas 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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