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'Still Life with Guitar', School of Berlin (circa 1940s - 1960s)


SKU 0470

'Still Life with Guitar', oil on board (circa 1940s - 1960s), School of Berlin. This artwork is a cubist homage to one of the founders of the movement, Juan Gris (1887 - 1927). Cubism started with Braque (1882 - 1963) and Picasso (1891 - 1973) in the early 20th century. Together, then separately, they developed a revolutionary new style of painting which transformed everyday objects, landscapes, and people into geometric shapes. They in turn took inspiration from the work of Cezanne who created paintings with multiple perspectives. This particular work uses lively bold lines, colour and geometric shapes as its central attribute in order to suggest depth and form. Is that a table upon which the guitar rests and a room in which the guitar sits? The viewer is asked to to use imagination to piece together the cubist puzzle. The artwork is in good vintage condition in a new frame with linen slip. Some fading of colour is to be expected with a work of this age as it simply adds vintage character overall. Upon request a video of the piece will be provided. 

About the Artist: Our gallery has access to a cache of paintings from Berlin in the 1940s - 1960s. What we know of these artworks is derived from our source from whom we've obtained this piece along with several others. Regrettably the artwork is unsigned and is therefore impossible to deduce anything about the artist's background or aspirations. What we do know is this work is a beautiful homage to a cubist master. 

Dimensions with frame:

H 36.5 cm / 14.4"

W 30 cm / 11.8"

Dimensions without frame:

H 23 cm / 9.1"

W 17 cm / 6.7"