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Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa | Georges Braque

Georges Braque
Piano and Mandola (Piano et mandore), winter 1909–1910
Oil on canvas
91.7 x 42.8 cm
The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York 54.1411
© Georges Braque, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2014
Photo © Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

Analytic Cubism

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Between 1909 and 1914, step by step, Braque and Picasso launched a genuine aesthetic revolution. In this early phase, known as “Analytic Cubism”, color—deemed too anecdotal—is reduced to shades of green and grayish-beige. Forms are fragmented into facets and merge into the spatial continuum, without becoming completely abstract. The radically condensed subjects are only hinted at by the orientation of the planes and their sharp edges.

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