ABOVE: Ghost Boy, 1992, John Cederquist in the Collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The cubist like yet playful studio art furniture by John Cederquist is sure to entertain your curiosity. Cederquist is able to put his own twist on the cubistic style first begun by Picasso and Braque in 1909 and move forward in a new direction offering three-dimensional furniture that has one ideal viewing point where the full illusion of the cubistic tromp l’oiel piece is visible. As you move away and around the central viewing point of a John Cederquist piece then you lose the total cubistic effect of the three-dimensional tromp l’oiel illusion, however you focus more on the total craftsmanship and pure creativity of this furniture designer.
ABOVE: Seated Nude, 1909, Pablo Picasso
What is also sets Cederquist in a different Category than most other second generation studio furniture makers is his dedication to his particular style of art furniture which creates immediate recognition with anyone even slightly familiar with his work as a John Cederquist piece. This is very much similar to how most fine artist work: most can easily identify a Mark Rothco, Piet Mondrian, or Francis Bacon; but can you as easily identify a Jere Osgood or a Kristina Madsen?
ABOVE: Tubular, 1990, John Cederquist
BELOW: Cajon de los Muertos, 1995, John Cederquist