The artist encapsulates the central scene within a myriad of arched tree branches which frame the content inside. The green foliage is delivered in an abstract form that is really more of a suggestion than anything. In the foreground, though, the tree trunks are given more detail and are grey with small touches of white paint which helps to add texture to them. There are also fine lines of darker paint which confirm their form and separate them more obviously from what lies behind. The tones of green and grey are generally pretty dark which allows the lighter cityscape to then focus your eyes. Orange tones produce this set of small buildings, both in the foreground and background, with the famous local viaduct then sweeping across the centre, revealing three arches in the case of this painting.
L'Estaque is a picturesque village that lies not too far from the major port city of Marseille, in the beautiful region of southern France. Many artists have been inspired to work here, thanks to the amount of light which saturates this region for large parts of the year. Some have even amended their own artistic styles after living or visiting here, such was the shock of the conditions that they experienced here. Colour has become a key part of art over the past two centuries and the rise of landscape art as a popular genre have also meant that many will come here even today, hoping to find the same inspirations that many great names from French art have experienced.
Even this viaduct appears several times just in Braque's career and we have featured two other versions below, to give a visual clue as to the versatility of this artist. Even the same scene can be delivered in many different ways. This helps to illustrate as to how his reputation was to become so strong in his later years, essentially being treated within France as a living legend of the art world.