Still Life on a Table: "Duo pour flûte"

Georges Braque French

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Braque often depicted a table drawer and rounded knob, seen straight on, at the base of his Cubist still lifes to orient the viewer. Here, the stippled brushstrokes in rich, ruddy browns and silvery grays create a scintillating surface that contrasts with the matte effect of the wood-grained triangle at center right, hand-painted in slight relief to look like a pasted piece of paper. The “duo” on the cover of the sheet music at left may allude to the artistic collaboration of Braque and Picasso or to Braque’s 1912 marriage to Marcelle Lapre.

Still Life on a Table: "Duo pour flûte", Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris), Oil on canvas

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