Georges Braque
Woman with a Palette (Femme à la palette), 1936
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 92.2 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon. Bequest Jacqueline Delubac, 1997
© Georges Braque, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2014
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda / Thierry Le Mage

Still lifes, interiors and figures

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The thirties saw Braque open out towards different sources of inspiration, meaning that his still lifes in this stage, perfect harmony of shapes, colors and light, became more decorative. The compositions were accompanied by rich arabesques and combined organic forms with decorative styling. The series of indoor figures, such as Woman with a Palette (1936) and The Duet (1937), also packed with decorative features, represents depersonalized black silhouettes inspired in the black figures on Greek vases. They are the muses of poetry and music that inhabit Braque’s spiritual universe and lend him his extraordinary sensitivity.

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