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Still Life with a Guitar

Artist:
Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Oil with sand on canvas
Dimensions:
45 3/4 in. × 24 in. (116.2 × 61 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.12
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): G Braque/ 24
the artist (to Rosenberg); [Paul Rosenberg & Co., Paris; stock no. 963]; Gottlieb Friedrich Reber, Lugano and Lausanne (by 1926–37; sold in 1937 to Cooper); Douglas Cooper, London and Argilliers, France (1937–80; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 1, 1980, no. 72, as "Guitare, Fruits, Pipe, Cahier de Musique," to private collection); private collection, Madrid (1980–86; sold on December 12, 1986 to Kasper); [Sandra Canning Kasper, Inc., New York, 1986; sold on December 30, 1986 to Gelman]; Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Paul Rosenberg. "Exposition d'œuvres de Braque," March 8–27, 1926, no. 45 (as "Pichet et partition de musique," lent by Docteur G. F. Reber).

Frankfurt. Kunstverein. "Exhibition of the Collection of G. F. Reber," February 1927, no catalogue.

Kunsthalle Basel. "Georges Braque," April 9–May 14, 1933, no. 112 (as "Tisch mit Musikinstrumenten und Pfeife").

Edinburgh. Royal Scottish Academy. "G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings," August 18–September 15, 1956, no. 54 (as "Still-life with Guitar and Fruit," lent by a private collection).

London. Tate Gallery. "G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings," September 28–November 11, 1956, no. 54.

Munich. Haus der Kunst. "Georges Braque," October 18–December 15, 1963, no. 69 (as "Gitarre, Früchte, Pfeife und Noten," lent by a private collection).

Art Institute of Chicago. "Braque: The Great Years," October 7–December 3, 1972, no. 7 (as "Guitar and Fruit on a Table," lent by a private collection).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 170; as "Still Life with a Guitar").

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 194).

Bulletin de "l'effort moderne" no. 9 (November 1924), ill. between pp. 8 and 9, as "Nature-morte".

"Les Expositions à Paris et ailleurs." Cahiers d'art 2, supplément no. 1 (1927), ill. p. 7 (installation photo of Exh. Frankfurt 1927).

Jean Cassou. "Georges Braque." Cahiers d'art 3 (1928), ill. p. 9, as "Nature morte".

Christian Zervos. "Georges Braque." Kunst und Künstler 27 (June 1929), ill. p. 387, as "Der Kamin" in the Reber collection, Lausanne.

George Isarlov. Georges Braque. Paris, 1932, p. 24, no. 331, as "Guitare, fruits, pipe, cahier".

Guillaume Apollinaire. Georges Braque. Paris, 1933, ill. p. 50.

Carl Einstein. Georges Braque. Paris, 1934, pl. LX, as "Cruche et Guitare," 1921.

Maurice Raynal in Maurice Raynal. History of Modern Painting. Vol. 3, From Picasso to Surrealism. Geneva, 1950, ill. p. 145 (color), as "Still Life" in the collection of Douglas Cooper, London.

John Richardson. "Au Château des cubistes." L'Oeil no. 4 (April 15, 1955), pp. 20–21, ill. (installation photo), as "Guitare, fruits, pipe, cahier".

Douglas Cooper. G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1956, pp. 41–42, no. 54, pl. 22g.

John Richardson. Georges Braque. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1959, p. 21, pl. 18, as "Still-life with Guitar and Fruit," private collection, France.

Robert Rosenblum. Cubism and Twentieth-Century Art. New York, 1960, pp. 106, 311, pl. XVI, as "Still Life with Guitar and Fruit".

Edwin Mullins. Braque. London, 1968, pp. 100, 131, 211, fig. 73 (upside down), as "Still-Life with Guitar and Fruit".

Nicole S. Mangin. Catalogue de l'œuvre de Georges Braque. Vol. [3], Peintures 1924–1927. [Paris], 1968, p. 5, ill. and unpaginated, ill. (color), as "Guitare, fruits, pipe, cahier de musique".

Massimo Carrà. L'Opera completa di Braque dalla scomposizione cubista al recupero dell'oggetto 1908–1929. Milan, 1971, p. 96, no. 208, ill., calls it "Natura morta su un tavolo," in a private collection, Paris.

Douglas Cooper. Braque: The Great Years. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1972, pp. 21, 58–59, no. 7, fig. 36, calls it the second picture in Braque's sequence of about fifteen Guéridons in the early 1920s.

Nadine Pouillon with Isabelle Monod-Fontaine. Braque:Œuvres de Georges Braque (1882–1963). Exh. cat., Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, 1982, p. 88, under no. 22, fig. 3, as "Guitare, fruits, pipe et musique".

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Douglas Cooper and the Masters of Cubism. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, 1987, pp. 22, 44 n. 22, ill. p. 17 (installation photo).

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 170–72, 295, ill. (color and bw), notes that this picture belongs to the "Guéridon" series although the table is square with four legs.

William S. Lieberman in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, p. 14.

John Golding in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, p. 37.

John Russell. "20th-Century Works Collected By a Couple With a Shared Vision." New York Times (December 12, 1989), p. C24.

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, 1990, pp. 25, 54 n. 75, fig. 24.

Dorothy Kosinski. "G. F. Reber: Collector of Cubism." Burlington Magazine 133, no. 1061 (August 1991), pp. 522, 529.

Judith H. Dobrzynski. "20th Century Art Treasures Are Left to Met." New York Times (May 6, 1998), p. B6, ill.

Peter Kropmanns and Uwe Fleckner. "Von Kontinentaler Bedeuteung: Gottlieb Friedrich Reber und Seine Sammlungen." Die Moderne und Ihre Sammler: Französische Kunst in Deutschem Privatbesitz vom Kaiserreich zur Weimarer Republik. Ed. Andrea Pophanken and Felix Billeter. Berlin, 2001, p. 394, no. 17, calls it "Guitare, fruits, pipe, cahier de musique" erroneously locates it still in the Gelman collection.

Philippe Dagen in Georges Braque, 1882–1963. Ed. Brigitte Leal, Gary Tinterow, and Alison de Lima Greene. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Galeries nationales. Paris, 2013, p. 122, fig. 1 (installation photo).



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