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A Garden Chair

Artist:
Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)
Date:
1947–60
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 5/8 × 19 7/8 in. (65.1 × 50.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.10
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 905
Composed of curved lines and thick daubs of paint, this late work is from a series of six paintings based on a drawing Braque made in 1943 of a metal chair at his country house in Varengeville, Normandy.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): G Braque
the artist (until about 1960; to Maeght); [Galerie Maeght, Paris, about 1960–63; sold on October 28, 1963 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1963–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "L'Atelier de Braque," November 1961, no. 44 (as "La Chaise," 1947, lent by M. Aimé Maeght, Paris).

New York. M. Knoedler and Co., Inc. "Georges Braque, 1882–1963: An American Tribute. The Late Years (1940–63) and The Sculpture," April 7–May 2, 1964, no. 40 (as "The Garden Chair," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, New York).

Saint-Paul. Fondation Maeght. "André Malraux," July 13–September 30, 1973, no. 788 (as "La chaise mauve," lent by Jacques Gelman, Mexico).

Paris. Orangerie des Tuileries. "Georges Braque," October 16, 1973–January 14, 1974, no. 113 (as "La Chaise de jardin mauve," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, Mexico).

Saint-Paul. Fondation Maeght. "Georges Braque," July 5–September 30, 1980, no. 145 (as "La chaise de jardin mauve," lent by a private collection, New York).

Washington. Phillips Collection. "Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940–1963," October 9–December 12, 1982, no. 18 (as "Mauve Garden Chair," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman).

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor. "Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940–1963," January 1–March 15, 1983, no. 18.

Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940–1963," April 14–June 14, 1983, no. 18.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940–1963," July 7–September 14, 1983, no. 18.

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. 254; as "The Garden Chair").

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. 278; as "La Chaise de jardin mauve").

Alexander Watt. "Visages d'artistes: Braque." Studio 162 (November 1961), ill. p. 171 (color), as "La Chaise," 1961.

Jacques Damase. Georges Braque. New York, 1963, ill. p. 60 (color), as "The Chair," 1947, collection Aimé Maeght, Paris.

Emily Genauer. "The Ever-New Braque." New York Herald Tribune (April 5, 1964), ill. p. 32 (color).

Stanislas Fumet. Georges Braque. Paris, 1965, p. 217, ill. p. 158 (color), as "La chaise de jardin (fond mauve)," 1947–48 in the caption and "La chaise de jardin (mauve)," 1948 in the list of illustrations.

Jean Leymarie in Georges Braque. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1973, p. 49, no. 113, ill. p. 142.

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. 140, under no. 34, fig. 6, as "La Chaise de jardin mauve"; note that the series of six garden chair paintings began with a 1943 drawing of a chair in Braque's garden in Varengeville (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

Herschel B. Chipp. Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940–1963. Exh. cat., Phillips Collection. Washington, 1982, pp. 19, 38, no. 18, ill. p. 58 (color).

Jed Perl. "Late Lyrics: Braque." Art in America 71 (February 1983), p. 86, ill. p. 84 (color), as "Mauve Garden Chair".

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. 254–55, 296, ill. (color and bw), notes the influence of van Gogh's "Gauguin's Chair" (1888; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam).

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. 15.

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. 38.

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

Karen Wilkin. Georges Braque. New York, 1991, pp. 86–87, fig. 72 (color) and ill. back cover (color), calls it "The Mauve Garden Chair".

Roberta Smith. "In a Brash Yet Refined School, Everyone Belongs Together." New York Times (June 15, 2001), p. E37.

Richard Shiff in Georges Braque: Pioneer of Modernism. Exh. cat., Acquavella Galleries. New York, 2011, p. 33, fig. 2 (color).



This picture belongs to a series that began with a 1943 drawing of a chair in Braque's garden at Varengeville (Museum of Modern Art, New York). A similar painting is in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (Ref. Mangin 1959, p. 2). Others in the series are reproduced in Ref. Pouillon and Monod-Fontaine 1982, p. 140 (figs. 2, 3, 4), p. 141 (fig. 8); Ref. Mangin 1959, p. 1; and Ref. Wilkin 1991, fig. 73.
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