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The multidisciplinary art creator Georges Braque has distinguished himself in history as a decorator, sculptor and graphic artist. He mastered the ideas of impressionism, was immersed in Fauvism for a long time, together with the great Picasso he formed the direction of cubism, and after that he turned to free experimentation with color and forms, continuing to paint still lifes and landscapes.
During the foundation and development of cubism, the French artist created the canvas "The Musician". The work of 1918 is presented to the general public as a style of synthetic cubism. When Picasso and Braque became interested in the technique of application and collage, this led to the birth of a new idea - to synthesize cubic figures from dissimilar elements. Thus, the composition of the "Musician" was composed.
Before us is an oblong canvas. There is a stylized frame inside the picture. The image of the musician is made by layering on each other and combining objects of different colors, shapes and textures. The color scheme is restrained, bright enough: red, blue, orange, green and yellow. The forms are consonant with the proportions of the picture as a whole: oblong, elongated along the vertical.
The artist introduced a great variety into the cubic format of objects, adding the curly extremities of a person, rounded eyes and the neck of a musical instrument.
Synthetic cubism is guessed by the use of drawn figures with rhythmic repetition of dots, dashed lines, rhombuses and lines.
The “Musician” of Braque is the quintessence of an individual style, a complex and, without a doubt, interesting work. The prospect of constructing a composition is surprisingly created by the effect of volume in flat forms. The wealth of broken figures, color contrasts and stripes masterly draw the viewer the appearance of a man playing a guitar.
The canvas today shows off in the art museum of Switzerland.
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