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Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945 Hardcover – February 7, 2013

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This examination of Braque's career features exquisite reproductions and incisive historical and aesthetic investigations of his work leading up to and during World War II. Reproduced in vivid color, Braque's paintings are accompanied by scholarly essays that explore the rise of Braque's popularity in the US, including his first major retrospective in America, and the reception of his work of the early 1930s and 1940s by German and French critics, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the materials and process employed by the artist as illuminated by an intensive conservation study of select important works.

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KAREN BUTLER is Assistant Curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791352709
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791352701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hughes on August 8, 2013
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This is the catalogue of the exhibit of the same name organized by the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art at Washington University in St. Louis and shown there from January to April 2013 and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., from June to September 2013. There are forty-one exhibition paintings, each reproduced full-page and with excellent color and clarity, as well as some forty-odd additional supportive illustrations and a few pages of photographs of Braque and his studio. The paintings are not given any specific commentary, but they are discussed in a general way in the several accompanying essays. Karin K. Butler, who curated the show in St. Louis and edited the catalogue, provides a general overview of this period of Braque's career and elucidates the aesthetic bases of his political quiescence in these tumultuous years--especially in view of Picasso's highly visible political profile--which was a very sensitive point in the critical reception of his work during that time. Her conclusion is that his still-life paintings "are about the war precisely by being not about the war" (29). Renee Maurer, Assistant Curator at the Phillips, contributes an essay on Duncan Phillips's predilection for Braques, while everyone else was collecting Picasso and Matisse, and there are further essays on the role of the German publicist and cultural critic Carl Einstein in the early appreciation and popularization of Braque's work and on the characteristic "tactility" of his way of seeing. There is also an extensive report on the technical analysis of twenty-one of his paintings.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William J. Havlicek, PhD on September 30, 2013
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Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945 is a handsome book with good reproductions, a timely text offering insight into this complex and important painter. I especially like the fact that essays by several different writers regarding various aspects of Braque's maturation and historical impact appear in this book. Braque remains one of the most complete craftsman among modern artists and he should be studied seriously. He is surely one of the most vital representatives of the heritage of the art of painting and can be understood as a bridge linking the best that art can be with a spirit of innovation. William J. Havlicek PhD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Femmer on July 21, 2013
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A great book by one of the great artists of the 20th century. I saw this exhibit in St. Louis and enjoyed it very much. These still life paintings are magnificent. This underrated artist finally gets a little more due respect.
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