Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet)

Georges Braque French

Not on view

The subject of this still life is not a clarinet as has often been thought, but a tenora, a Catalan woodwind instrument that Braque heard played by folk bands in the village of Céret in the French Pyrenees. The diagonally placed tenora rests on a rectangular tabletop, which is tilted up and rotated at an angle, its edges defined by long unbroken lines. The round knob of its front drawer appears at the base of the picture. The contours of the still-life objects, including a long-necked bottle at left and a stemmed glass at right, emerge from the luminous planes.

Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet), Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris), Oil on canvas

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