This work and Fruit Dish and Glass (1912, The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection) are among Braque’s first papiers collés. He had already drawn most of the still-life motifs in charcoal. Holes in the collage elements indicate that Braque pinned on the pieces of mass-produced, cheap wallpaper, experimenting with their placement before pasting them onto the fine-art paper sheet. He then drew on top of the wallpaper to integrate it into the composition and to blur the distinction between real and fake, hand drawn and mechanically printed. Braque’s inspiration for this woman, with her tilted head, long curls, and kewpie-doll lips, probably came from newspaper and poster advertisements.
Inscription: Signed [at a later date] (verso, lower left): G Braque
Marking: watermark: INGRES FRANCE with countermark A L in oval belt frame with trefoil detail
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris; inv. no. 1134; sequestered Galerie Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–23; fourth Galerie Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 8, 1923, no. 48, sold for Fr 280, to an unidentified bidder along with nine other works]; [Henriette Gomès, Paris]; [Galerie Berggruen et Cie (Heinz Berggruen), Paris]; Jean Claude Bellier, Paris (in 1967); Norman Granz, London (until 1968; his sale, Sotheby & Co., London, April 23, 1968, no. 1, as "Papier collé," sold to Grosser); A. Grosser (from 1968); Republic National Bank of New York (Edmond Safra), probably Geneva (in 1982); sale, Sotheby’s, London, June 28, 1989, no. 328; private collection (until 2001; sold in July 2001 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (2001–13; transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York (2013–16; gift to MMA)
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