Although the word “CAFÉ” appears at right, this arrangement, like so many others by Braque and Picasso, was painted in the artist’s studio. At left, an area of faux marbre (imitation marble) indicates the material of the tabletop on which the items are arranged. A folded newspaper, “[Le Qu]otidi[en du] MIDI,” is tucked between a mandolin at left and a bottle, white clay pipe, and stemmed glass at right. Additional musical references can be found at lower right with the words “solo violin” and “2eme étude” (Second Study).
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Inscription: Signed (verso, upper right): G Braque [now concealed by relining]
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, early 1914; inv. no. 9[3?]4, photo no. 1202); sold in 1914 to Rosenberg]; [Léonce Rosenberg, Paris, 1914–18]; [Galerie L’Effort Moderne, from 1918; inv. no. 5284, photo no. 151]; Earl Horter, Philadelphia (by 1929/30–1937; in 1937 to Lloyd Horter); his former wife, Helen Lloyd Horter (née Helen Sharpless Lloyd, later Helen Kelly), Harvey Cedars, New Jersey (1937–58; sold in 1958 to Kulicke and Keyser); Robert M. Kulicke, New York, and Robert Keyser, Philadelphia (1958; sold in 1958 to Robert Elkon Gallery); [Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, 1958–59; sold on January 20, 1959 for $75,000 to Rockefeller]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York (1959–75; sold in December 1975 to Diamond); Harold Diamond, New York (1975–82; sold in March 1982 to Coumantaros); George S. Coumantaros, Athens (1982–86; sold in July 1986 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1986)
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Museum of Art. "Earl Horter Collection," February 17–March 14, 1934.
Arts Club of Chicago. "Modern Paintings from the Collection of Mr. Earl Horter of Philadelphia," April 3–26, 1934 [no. undetermined].
New York. Museum of Modern Art. "Twentieth-Century Art from the Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Collection," May 26–September 1, 1969, unnumbered cat. (p. 50; as "Guitar, Newspaper, and Bottle," 1913–14).
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and His Collection," March 7–May 16, 1999, unnumbered cat. (pl. 11).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 14.
Düsseldorf. K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. "Georges Braque: Inventor of Cubism 1906–1914," September 25, 2021–January 23, 2022, no. 61 (as "Nature morte '2e étude'").
Bulletin de "L’Effort Moderne" no. 20 (December 1925), ill., as "Guitare et pipe".
George Isarlov. Georges Braque. Paris, 1932, p. 20, no. 205, as "Nature morte".
Blaise Cendrars. "Georges Braque." Cahiers d'art 8 (1933), ill. p. 39, as 1919.
André Lhote. "Georges Braque." Cahiers d'Art 8 (1933), ill. p. 41.
Carl Einstein. Georges Braque. Paris, 1934, unpaginated (list of plates), pl. XLII, as "Nature morte".
Modern Paintings from the Collection of Mr. Earl Horter of Philadelphia. Exh. cat., Arts Club of Chicago. Chicago, 1934, unpaginated (number undetermined).
Usaburō Ihara. L’Idée et l’espirit de l’art moderne. Vol. 3, Cubisme. Tokyo, 1937, ill. p. 129.
Christian Zervos. Histoire de l'art contemporain. Paris, 1938, ill. p. 232, as "La guitare".
John Richardson. G. Braque. Milan, 1960, pp. 17–18, unpaginated (list of plates), pl. XVII, as "Nature morte au guitare," 1913–14.
John Richardson. G. Braque. Greenwich, Conn., 1961, pp. 17–18, unpaginated (list of plates), pl. 17, as "Nature morte au guitare," 1913–14.
William S. Lieberman. Twentieth-Century Art from the Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1969, p. 129, ill. p. 50.
Marco Valsecchi and Massimo Carrà. L'opera completa di Braque dalla scomposizione cubista al recupero dell'oggetto, 1908–1929. Milan, 1971, p. 93, no. 138, ill. p. 92, as "Chitarra".
Pierre Descargues and Massimo Carrà. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Braque, 1908–1929. Paris, 1973, p. 93, no. 138, ill. p. 92, as "Nature morte".
William S. Lieberman. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art. Ed. Dorothy Canning Miller. New York, 1981, ill. p. 25 (on display in the Executive Mansion, Albany, New York), and p. 82, as "Guitar, Newspaper, and Bottle," 1913–14.
Robert Elkon: Two Decades. Exh. cat., Robert Elkon Gallery. New York, 1981, ill. p. 30, as "Still Life," 1913.
Nicole Worms de Romilly and Jean Laude. [Catalogue de l'œuvre de Georges Braque]. Vol. , Le Cubisme, fin 1907–1914. [Paris], 1982, p. 287, no. 221, ill. p. 233.
Innis Howe Shoemaker, with Christa Clarke, and William Wierzbowski. Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and His Collection. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1999, p. 48, ill. p. 13, fig. 3 (on display in the residence of Earl Horter, Philadelphia, ca. 1929–30), pl. 11.
"Objects Promised to the Museum during the Year 2012–2013." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One Hundred Forty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (2013), p. 45, as "Still Life, Second Study (Guitar, Newspaper, and Bottle)".
Carl Einstein. Über Georges Braque und den Kubismus. Zurich, 2013, p. 183, fig. 42, as "Stilleben".
Lewis Kachur inCubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 85–87, 307(2)n.32, no. 14, ill. p. 86 (color).
Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler inCubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 254, figs. 14 (on display in the Executive Mansion of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Albany, New York), 55 (on display in Earl Horter's residence, Philadelphia, ca. 1929–30).
"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), p. 50, fig. 32 (color).
Doris Kachel inBiografien der Bilder: Provenienzen im Museum Berggruen. Ed. Petra Winter, Doris Kachel, and Sven Haase. Exh. cat., Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum Berggruen. Berlin, 2021, p. 121 n. 3, ill. p. 120 (on display in Earl Horter’s residence, Philadelphia, ca. 1929–30).
Susanne Gaensheimer and Susanne Meyer-Büser, ed. Braque, 1906–1914: Erfinder des Kubismus/Inventor of Cubism. Exh. cat., Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Düsseldorf, 2021, p. 236, no. 61, ill. p. 209 (color).