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Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece

Georges Braque

Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece

Georges Braque
  • Date: 1911; France 
  • Style: Analytical Cubism
  • Genre: still life
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: food-and-beverages, musical-instruments
  • Dimensions: 81 x 60 cm
  • Order Oil Painting
    reproduction

Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on the Mantlepiece is typical of Braque's subject matter, yet is unique as an early example of collage. In this painting, he stenciled the word "valse" to mean "waltz," in continuation with his interest in musical themes and instruments. "RHU" are first three letters for the French word for rum. Again using an exploded perspective, the viewer barely perceives a scroll in the lower right corner, which could allude to a human head, a violin or cello, or the mantelpiece in the title.

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