Asked about the prominence of still life in Braque's oeuvre, Butler comments that "for Braque [still life] was a particularly important genre. It was the genre he painted in throughout his career." His specific interest, Butler notes, was the fact that "still life objects were something you could touch. He said he always wanted to evoke 'the tactile, tangible qualities of objects and still life put things in within reach of the hand.' "
Naves remarks: "From the early fauvist landscapes to the invention and refining of Cubism to the darker, more equivocal works of the 1940s and '50s, Pioneer of Modernism elaborates upon Braque's oeuvre with surprising depth. He emerges as a gentle temperament with tenacious gifts, a painter given to poetic and often moody reveries."
Lewis notes: " If there is one realm where Picasso takes command of the experiment and distinguishes himself from his friend, it is the Cubism-ization of persons, specifically but not surprisingly, the female nude. Though dark browns and bronzes dominate all of the paintings, black smoke-like currents surrounding the subject of one of Picasso's nudes suggests a darkness of mind as well as palette..."
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