Violin and Sheet Music: "Petit Oiseau"

Georges Braque French

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Braque depicted violins more than any other instrument. The violin was associated with both classical and folk music, the refined and the sentimental, a bridging of tastes that appealed to the Cubists’ own spirited dialogue with high art and popular culture. Here, a single violin is shown from multiple viewpoints, with selected details of the black tailpiece, tuning pegs, and scroll. Braque’s skill at using metal combs to create distinct wood grains was developed in his youth while training as a painter-decorator, his father’s profession. This still life is unique in Braque’s oeuvre because of its trompe l’oeil representation of sheet music.

Violin and Sheet Music: "Petit Oiseau", Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris), Oil and charcoal on canvas

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