The Pink Tablecloth

Georges Braque
French (1882–1963)
The Pink Tablecloth, 1933
Oil and sand on canvas

In 1909 Geroges Braque and Pablo Picasso began an intensive five-year collaboration that resulted in the groundbreaking style known as Cubism.Their approach swept aside traditional assumptions about three-dimensional perspective and illusionistic space.Forms were redefined in terms of their own internal structural logic and presented as geometric semiabstractions interlocking against a flattened picture plane.

The Pink Tablecloth was painted in the 1930s when Braque’s work turned toward freer, more decorative and witty compositions.Through abstraction, Braque meant to shift the focus away from things and instead uncover the relationship between them.