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House Behind Trees

Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)

Oil on canvas
Overall: 14 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (37.5 x 46 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
  • Description

    Georges Braque briefly experimented with the vibrant, luminous palette of Fauvism in 1906 and 1907 when he painted in the south of France, particularly in the fishing villages of l'Estaque, northwest of Marseilles, and Le Ciotat, to its southeast. L'Estaque was no stranger to French artists, who for decades had traveled to the Mediterranean in search of sunlight and crystalline waters. Paul Cézanne painted there intermittently for three decades.

    "House behind Trees" is markedly Fauve in all aspects: its sharp, bright colors, broad blue/black outlines, flattened space, and its white paint or untouched primed ground are all characteristics typical of works by the Fauve painters Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse. Braque's undulating dark outlines and dazzling patches of unmixed color give the canvas a staccato-like rhythm and decorative visual appeal. Braque's flirtation with Fauvism was short-lived, for by the fall of 1907 he was well on his way to the subdued palette and robust, volumetric constructions of Cubism.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower right): G. Braque

  • Provenance

    Purchased from an undocumented source in Paris, by Robert Lehman, New York, May/June 1949.

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