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The Napkin Ring (Le rond de serviette)

Georges Braque, who is credited with the invention of Cubism along with Pablo Picasso, developed a more classical version of the style after World War I. Although simplified and flattened, the forms in this painting are less fractured and deconstructed than in Braque’s prewar works. The Napkin Ring’s dry, grainy surface, reminiscent of a fresco, was achieved by mixing sand with oil paint. Braque especially favored the still life genre, perhaps because it facilitated his explorations of color, form, and spatial relationships. He created this painting and three other still lifes for the dining room of his Parisian art dealer, Paul Rosenberg.

Georges Braque
French, 1882–1963
The Napkin Ring (Le rond de serviette)
Oil and sand on canvas
16 x 47 ½ in. (40.6 x 120.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 69.56

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