This painting is one of the first Cubist works by Braque to feature a musical instrument. His inclusion of food and drink recalls the tradition of allegorical still lifes that represent the five senses. Braque’s tabletop display includes a glass with two straws, a mandolin, a compote with two pears, a lemon, and an open book or, more likely, pages of sheet music with staves (lines) for musical notation. The center of the composition is luminous and pale, possibly to indicate a ray of bright light washing over the studio ensemble.
Inscription: Signed and dated (verso, left edge): G. Braque 09
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1909; inv. no. 362, photo no. 1114; probably sold in 1909 to Dutilleul]; Roger Dutilleul, Paris (probably 1909–d. 1956); his nephew, Jean Masurel, Mouvaux (1956–d. 1991); his widow, Geneviève Masurel (née Geneviève Roche de la Rigodière), Paris (from 1991); private collection, France (sold in March 1999 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1999)
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