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Boats on the Beach at L'Estaque

Artist:
Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)
Date:
1906
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
15 x 18 1/8 in. (38.1 x 46 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002
Accession Number:
2003.20.17
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 823
After seeing the Salon d'Automne of 1905, Braque adopted the vivid style called Fauvism, as practiced by Matisse, Derain, and Vlaminck. This work, painted a year later, shows his quick mastery of the expressive possibilities of the new style of painting.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): G Braque 06
[Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, until 1939; stock no. 4156; sold on September 1, 1939 to Curran]; Elizabeth Curran, later Mrs. Josef Solterer, Dublin (1939–60; the painting left with her father, C. P. Curran, Dublin, upon move with her husband to Falls Church, Virginia, in 1955; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 6, 1960, no. 164, for £10,000 to Contemporary Art Foundation); Contemporary Art Foundation (from 1960); Mrs. Ira (Enid A.) Haupt, New York (by 1964–83; sold on December 20, 1983 to Annenberg); her brother and his wife, Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, Rancho Mirage, California (1983–his d. 2002; his bequest to MMA)

Dublin. National Gallery of Ireland. "Loan Exhibition of Modern Continental Paintings," August 1944, no. 12 (as "L'Estaque," lent by C. P. Curran, Esq.).

Edinburgh. Royal Scottish Academy. "G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings," August 18–September 15, 1956, no. 7 (as "Boats on the Beach at L'Estaque," lent by Mr. C. P. Curran, Dublin).

London. Tate Gallery. "G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings," September 28–November 11, 1956, no. 7.

New York. Saidenberg Gallery. "Georges Braque, 1882–1963: An American Tribute. Fauvism and Cubism," April 7–May 2, 1964, no. 5 (as "Boats on Beach at L'Estaque," lent by a private collection, New York).

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 21–September 17, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 125).

Washington. National Gallery of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 6–August 5, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," August 16–November 11, 1990, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," June 4–October 13, 1991, unnumbered cat.

Douglas Cooper. G. Braque: An Exhibition of Paintings. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1956, pp. 16, 26, no. 7, pl. 12b, dates it late autumn 1906.

Mark Rosenthal in Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, and Mark Rosenthal. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. 124–25, 209–10, ill. (color and bw), notes that this picture was executed during Braque's stay at L'Estaque in October 1906 through February 1907, calling it one of Braque's "first truly Fauve works"; considers it a companion to "L'Estaque" and "L'Estaque, Wharf" (both 1906; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris).

Véronique Serrano in Georges Braque et le paysage: De l'Estaque à Varengeville, 1906–1963. Exh. cat., Musée Cantini, Marseille. Paris, 2006, p. 168, fig. 134 (color).

Mark Rosenthal in Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 281–85, no. 53, ill. (color).

R[ichard]. S[hone]. "Acquisitions (2000–10) of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century French art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." Burlington Magazine 152 (December 2010), p. 844, fig. XVII (color).



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