Mid-20th-Century Cubist School, Still Life With Guitar

Mid-20th-Century Cubist School, Still Life With Guitar

An interesting mid-20th-century cubist still life depicting a guitar by Czech artist, H J Goschala (b. 1945).

The Cubist movement was revolutionary in its approach. Artists Pablo Picasso and George Braque sought to convey more about a subject by bringing several views together in the same image. By doing so, they reflect the reality that we rarely see an object from one set angle as our perspectives continually change.

Part of the fun of cubism is trying to figure out the subject in question and it’s not always a straightforward task. What do you see in this particular piece? Is it simply a guitar or could it also be a figure?

The painted is held within a vintage frame and signed/dated in the lower left.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 22” x 28” / 56cm x 71cm
Year of creation: 1967
Provenance: Germany
Condition: Craquelure with very minor losses. Restored and relined. Frame with some light age-related wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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