A Closer Look: Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945
by The Phillips Collection
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For this exhibition, conservators and conservation scientists conducted a technical study of Braque’s paintings, focusing on works dating between 1928 and 1944. During this time, Braque deliberately manipulated materials for compositional effect and often returned to canvases to alter them and rework the paint surface. This direct examination of his paintings led to new discoveries about his working methods, palette, pigments, and the layering structure and composition of his materials. Most examinations began with a careful inspection in good overall lighting to get a general sense of the painting. Other techniques exploit different types of electromagnetic radiation, such as ultraviolet, infrared, and x-rays. This collection of videos focuses on the study of four paintings by Braque in The Phillips Collection. Associate Conservator Patricia Favero narrates her findings.
|1||VideoThe Washstand (1944)||In this video, the painting The Washstand (1944) is examined in specular light, a form of raking light viewed from an angle.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoLemons and Napkin Ring (1929)||In this video, the painting Lemons and Napkin Ring (1929) is examined in transmitted light and with infrared imaging.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Round Table (1929)||In this video, the painting The Round Table (1929) is examined in visible, raking, and ultraviolet light.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoPewter Pot and Plate of Fruit (1944)||In this video, the paint surface of Pewter Pot and Plate of Fruit (1944) is examined with the stereomicroscope.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoNew Examination Techniques XRF||In this video, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, or XRF, a recent advance in x-ray technology, is discussed.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoIntroduction||This collection of videos focuses on the study of four paintings by Braque in The Phillips Collection. Associate Conservator Patricia Favero narrates her findings.||8/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|