The early 20th century French painter, Georges Braque, is remembered for his role in the development of Cubism. In fact, many of his works are closely associated with those of his friend and colleague, Pablo Picasso.
Trained as a classical musician, Braque painted his Homage to J. S. Bach in the winter of 1911-12. Braque’s apparent love of the polyphony inherent in Bach’s music is made visual in this work and others in his Analytic Cubist period. Braque even stenciled the letters of Bach’s name within the painting. His collage, Aria de Bach of 1913 is another representation of his admiration for the composer.
Homage to J.S. Bach is part of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.