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Georges Braques Violin and Pitcher shows a combining of ideas and the beginning of analytical cubism This work is perhaps Braques first break away from faceting purely to display subject matter and towards a style where facets flow of a logic of their own The work of Paul Cezanne led the way for paintings like Violin and Pitcher Cezanne was interested in the way light reacted to form rather than what it was lighting the form itself Cezanne also began to explore the object that the viewer knows to exist in the painting not just the view of the object gained by looking at it from one angle Cezannes work was largely known as impressionism His impressionist paintings such as Basket with Apples Bottle Biscuits and Fruit were the beginning of what would become Violin and Pitcher The unnatural tilting of the plates surface made way for the multiple viewpoints in the violin and the lack of form or outline in the fruit the eventual faceting The subject matter of Violin and Pitcher cant be read immediately due to the rather heavy fragmentation An obvious clue is the paintings title and upon inspection the viewer can soon find the violin in the foreground and the pitcher somewhere in the midground Beyond the violin and pitcher the paintings subject matter is less obvious What the two objects are actually placed on their base either doesnt exist or has been fragmented to the point where it can no longer be seen What does eventually come through are the walls of the room the painting is set in Fragmented architecture draws the strong vertical lines of intersecting walls as they disappear into a sea of facets Violin and Pitcher jumps straight from the formative early period of cubism and straight into analytical cubism The work Braque painted before Violin and Pitcher such as his Harbour in Normandy of the same year help illustrate the
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