Braque later reintegrated color and volume into his still lifes, which featured objects that evoked a sense of touch, such as musical instruments and playing cards. Concert (to the left) underscores this tactility through Braque’s use of trompe l’oeil, or an optical illusion of three- dimensionality. Painted imitations of marble, wood, and wallpaper can be seen behind the table, which slopes for- ward, disrupting traditional perspective. Braque emphasized tactility in several ways, such as incorporating strips of paper in a technique called papier collé and mixing sand with gesso and paint, as seen in Kitchen Table with Grill (1943–44) on the adjacent wall.
Wall label, 2021.