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Cubist Still Life

1918 Louis Bouche Born: New York, New York 1896 Died: Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1969 oil on canvas 17 x 15 in. (43.2 x 38.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of LaSalle Spier 1980.124.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 33B

Luce Center Quote

". . . nature is so much more exciting than art. I've thought in terms of art all my life, but nature is actually much more thrilling." Louis Bouché , Oral History, August 7, 1959, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Luce Center Label

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.


Abstract - geometric

Still life - fruit

Still life - other - container

Still life - written matter - book


paint - oil

fabric - canvas