Lithograph print on white paper. In the center, a very bulbous teapot, with a large conical mouth and protruding spout, is depicted in crude outline and filled in with patchy dark brown. To the right is a banana and the outline of an apple. A gray background fills the space around the objects and trails off into the white paper at the edges.
Still life with teapot and fruit, executed in a late Cubist style. The emphasis is on a minimal representation of space and objects.
A squat teapot with an upturned spout, executed in gray and white that suggests silverware, sits left of center on a darker gray tray. To the right of the teapot is a lemon in bright yellow. The objects are surounded by black, and there is a dark gray frame of color around the entire print.
A color lithograph still life by Georges Braque. Braque uses the medium to explore minimal representations of objects and space through color, form, and line. The piece is an interesting mix of Cubist and Impressionist representations of perception.
This black chalk drawing on gray-blue prepared laid paper is vertically oriented. The piece is a still life of the contents of a pantry portrayed within a lightly indicated arched niche. A rabbit and a fowl hang upside-down from a string, dominating the composition. Below them are, from left to right, two vessels, a prepared fowl, long root vegetables, and a wicker basket.
Jean-Baptiste Oudry began as a portrait painter, but gained great success as a painter of animals, hunt and still life subjects. In the traditional manner, he created preparatory drawings to design a painting composition. In this still life drawing, "The Pantry," he arranges the fresh game so that it hangs above the prepared meat and other meal ingredients. In still lifes such as this, the artist frequently creates an intricate compositionby carefully arranging the elements. Here, Oudry deftly plays on the notion of pairs: two suspended game, a pair of bottles to the left, the pair of long-stemmed vegetables to the right; the basket, fowl, and leg of game are used to knot the pairs together compositionally. J-B-S. Chardin, later in the 18th c. will become the consumate master of this type of still life.