The Phillips Collection unveils Georges Braque exhibition

As of Saturday, the Phillips Collection will be shining a light on a lesser-known body of work by Georges Braque, best known as the French artist who helmed the cubist movement in the early 1900s alongside Pablo Picasso. The 44 works that make up "Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945" feature more recognizable objects and fewer earth-toned hues than some might expect.


"Lemons and Napkin Ring," 1928. (The Phillips Collection/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris)

While the show is made up entirely of still lifes, the group of works is an eclectic bunch, ranging from more classically-inspired table scenes, such as "Lemons and Napkin Ring," to wildly colorful and deconstructed depictions of his workspace, as in "Studio With Black Vase," below.


"Studio with Black Vase," 1938. (The Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)

In addition to the exhibition, which runs through Sept. 1, the Phillips will have a few accompanying events. Brightest Young Things will co-host a Bastille Day party at the museum on July 11, and the Aug. 1 Phillips After 5, a collaboration with FRESHFARM Markets, will have a Moveable Feast theme, with local food and drinks, plus a cocktail talk with nearby distillers. There will also be a film series of French war movies, a new Parisian-inspired menu at the museum's Tryst outpost and a staged reading of a 1936 Noel Coward play entitled, appropriately, "Still Life."


"Large Interior with Palette," 1942. (The Menil Collection, Houston © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)
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