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Cubist Still Life

Louis Bouché painted this image in New York, a few years after he returned from Paris. He was inspired by the work of the cubist painters, who reduced nature to simple geometric forms. Here, he fragmented the shapes in this still life to create a distorted view of a tabletop. The dark colors and sharp angles create an almost threatening atmosphere that underlies the ordinariness of the objects.

Credit: Gift of LaSalle Spier...

1918
Oil on canvas
43.2 x 38.1cm
1980.124.5
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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