Unknown Artist. Untitled (Still Life with Chair)

Artist Unknown

Untitled (Still Life with Chair), c. 1935-1943

Oil on canvas

29” x 23 3/4”

The Brooklyn College Library Collection

The effects of Modernism have evidently inspired the artist who painted this enigmatic still life. The bowl of fruit has been rendered as if the artist is looking at it from various angles, and the simultaneous, multiple perspectives of the shell and open box recall Braque and Picasso’s early experiments with Cubism. The jacket with a ruffled pocket square, and the portrait propped up against the chair-back enhance the painting’s sense of mystery

Federal Art Project

Living New Deal

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