Cubist composition with guitar and violin

AUREL RICHTER (1870-1957)

Cubist composition with guitar and violin

20th century Hungary

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Reproduction French early 20th century Artist’s canted frame, painted with gilded sight edge
This is a rare still life amongst Richter’s works; he seems to have been drawn to paintings of figures in various settings, from Burra-esqe sailors in bars to musicians in bands and orchestra, and even to jockeys. This particular painting relates to his musicians, in which the forms of violins, saxophones, pianos and banjos are used to articulate the surface geometry and decorative patterning of the work. Richter has followed Picasso and Braque not only in his cubist composition, but in his use of collage. A sheet of unused music paper has been pasted onto the canvas, the empty staves disappearing into and re-emerging from the painted areas, and creating sheet music from the unpainted parts. A violin, saxophone, classical guitar and part of a keyboard combine with a music stand and the untidy sheets of music to suggest the paraphernalia of a contemporary jazz band. The harmony of earthy browns, greys and greens is lifted by the golden tones of the saxophone and sheet music into a playful tribute to modern jazz.
Height 46.40 cm (18.27 inches)
Width 37.80 cm (14.88 inches)
External Height 59.10 cm (23.27 inches)
External Width 50.80 cm (20.00 inches)
Gouache; collage of paper on canvas
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