Here, pigment is applied thickly and in broad brushstrokes and paint is used to achieve texture as well as color. Pichet et journal’s dark background emphasizes spatial depth and increases the resonance of the bright lemon and apple, of the decorative stripes in the glass (echoed in the background beyond the table top) and of the sharply contrasted white copy of Le Journal. The tilted table, pieces of fruit and sharply angled pipe that appear to defy gravity can be seen as Braque's homage to Cézanne, whose still-lifes played such an important role in the development of modern painting (see fig. 1).
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