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Still Life by Jacques Villon

Still Life, 1912

Jacques Villon

This mysterious Cubist still life could represent a collection of objects on a table with a white tablecloth. Much of the painting is in shadow, giving it a heaviness that focuses our gaze on the white edge in the foreground. Villon, like his fellow Cubists Braque and Picasso, broke forms into geometric planes, representing all angles at once, and often deconstructed familiar shapes into abstract compositions. As an artist, Villon was in good company; he was born Gaston Duchamp, brother of the famed conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp.

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Yale University Art Gallery