Bottle of Rum

Georges Braque French

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The invention of Cubist papier collé in 1912 inspired a new approach to handling the flat space of a painting. Indeed, the dozens of pinholes in this canvas are an indication that Braque used paper templates as he worked. By varying the density, size, and color of the dots on the final painted forms, Braque was able to create the impression of layered pieces of paper. The only real piece of paper on this canvas is a small lot number, “19,” at lower left. This painting was one of the almost three thousand works owned by the German-born dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, which were seized and then sold by the French government in a series of four auctions following World War I.

Bottle of Rum, Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris), Oil on canvas

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