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A Dish of Fruit, a Glass and a Bottle

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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On a wooden table we see a bowl of fruit placed on a green-striped cloth. Behind it we can make out a glass and a bottle. Braque often painted still life when he needed to clear his mind while struggling with a more complex painting. He learned some of his skills – like the imitation wood graining – from his father and grandfather who were traditional French painter-decorators. There is a wonderful calm about this painting, even a feeling of timelessness. The art historian Douglas Cooper wrote of Braque, 'There is nothing difficult [in his art]…no hidden moral or meaning…If we look, he will teach us to see, and this after all is the highest function of the true artist.'

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum




oil on plywood


H 44 x W 54.6 cm

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bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944

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