Georges Braque
Glass on a Table 1909–10

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Georges Braque 1882–1963
Glass on a Table
Le Verre sur la table
Date 1909–10
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 331 x 372 mm
frame: 582 x 620 x 73 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Antony Hornby through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988

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Instead of presenting the single vantage point of traditional painting, Braque and Picasso fragmented the object into a series of geometric facets and planes, which imitate the darting, fleeting nature of sight. In this painting, the glass and pears on a table appear obscured by the scaffolding of vertical, horizontal and curvilinear forms. Braque believed that it was only by breaking up the picture plane that he could get closer to a true depiction of the object.

August 2004

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