Exhibitions/ Art Object

Still Life on a Table: "Duo pour flûte"

Artist:
Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)
Date:
1913–14
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 × 21 3/4 in. (45.7 × 55.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Braque often depicted a table drawer and rounded knob, seen straight on, at the base of his Cubist still lifes to orient the viewer. Here, the stippled brushstrokes in rich, ruddy browns and silvery grays create a scintillating surface that contrasts with the matte effect of the wood-grained triangle at center right, hand-painted in slight relief to look like a pasted piece of paper. The “duo” on the cover of the sheet music at left may allude to the artistic collaboration of Braque and Picasso or to Braque’s 1912 marriage to Marcelle Lapre.
Inscription: Signed (verso, upper left): G Braque
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, early 1914; inv. no. 1967, photo no. 1185; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–21; second Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 17, 1921, no. 34, as "Nature morte," sold for Fr 570, to Splitz]; Monsieur Splitz (from 1921); Jean Coutrot, Paris; [Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., New York, until 1946; sold on June 18, 1946 to Golschmann]; Vladimir Golschmann, New York (from 1946–ca. 1949; sold ca. 1949 to Seligmann); [Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., New York, ca.1949–51; inv. no. 7571; sold on January 31, 1951 to Mattioli]; Gianni Mattioli, Milan (1951–d. 1977); his daughter, Laura Mattioli Rossi, Milan (1977–2006; sold in June 2006 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 2006)

New York. Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc. "1910–12: The Climactic Years in Cubism," October 16–November 6, 1946, no. 3 (as "Duo pour Flute," 1912).

Cincinnati Art Museum. "The Private Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Golschmann of Saint Louis," April 30–June 1, 1947, unnumbered cat. (as "Duo for Flute," 1912).

New York. Rosenberg Galleries. "Vladimir Golschmann Collection," October 6–25, 1947.

Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "The Post-Impressionists and Their Followers," February 4–27, 1949, no. 23 (as "Duo pour Flute," 1912).

New York. Buchholz Gallery. "Cubism: Braque, Gris, Laurens, Léger, Lipchitz, Picasso," April 5–30, 1949, no. 3 (as "Duo pour Flute," 1912).

Florence. Palazzo Strozzi. "Arte moderna in una raccolta italiana," April–May 1953, no. 90 (as "Duo per flauto," 1911).

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Georges Braque: Juni bis Juli 1953. Verzeichnis der ausgestellten Werke mit 24 Tafeln," June 7–July 19, 1953, no. 30.

Bologna. Galleria La Loggia. "20 dipinti di grandi artisti europei," May 25–June 12, 1955, unnumbered cat. (as "Duo per flauto," 1914).

Venice. Central Pavilion, Giardini. "XXIX Biennale internazionale d’arte," June–October 1958, no. 6 "bis" (as "Duo per flauto,"1911; rooms 41 and 42, “Georges Braque").

Rome. Palazzo Barberini. "Braque," November–December 1958, no. 5 (as "Duo per flauto," 1911).

Turin. Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna, GAM, Milan. "Capolavori di arte moderna nelle raccolte private," October 31–December 8, 1959, no. 63 (as "Duo pour flûte").

Venice. Central Pavilion, Giardini. "XXX Biennale internazionale d’arte," June 18–October 16, 1960, no. 59 (as "Duo per flauto, 1911"; rooms 1 and 4, “Mostra storica del Futurismo”).

Munich. Haus der Kunst. "Georges Braque," October 18–December 15, 1963, no. 49 (as "Glas, Flasche und Pfeife auf einem Tisch," 1914).

Milan. Palazzo Reale. "Metamorfosi dell’oggetto," January 17–February 23, 1972, no. 12 (as "Duo pour flûte," 1911).

Nationalgalerie Berlin. Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz. "Hommage à Schönberg. Der Blaue Reiter und das Musikalische in der Malerei der Zeit," September 11–November 4, 1974, no. 3 (as "Duo für Flöte," 1911).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 13.

Bernard Bouttet de Monval. "Èchos de l'Hôtel Drouot. Liste Complète des prix atteints à la deuxième vente Kahnweiler." L'Esprit Nouveau : Revue internationale illustrée de l'activité contemporaine 15 (1921), p. 1824, as "Nature morte" [possibly this picture].

George Isarlov. Georges Braque. Paris, 1932, p. 19, no. 183, as "Verre et bouteille," 1914.

Guillaume Apollinaire. "Georges Braque." Cahiers d'Art 8 (1933), ill. p. 26, as 1913.

Carl Einstein. Georges Braque. Paris, 1934, unpaginated (list of plates), pl. XXX, as "Le Gobelet," 1912.

1910–12: The Climactic Years in Cubism. Exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & Co. New York, 1946, unpaginated, no. 3.

Jean Paulhan. Braque le patron. Geneva, 1946, ill. p. 67, as "Nature morte," 1912.

The Private Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Golschmann of Saint Louis. Exh. cat., Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, 1947, unpaginated.

Cubism: Braque, Gris, Laurens, Léger, Lipchitz, Picasso. Exh. cat., Buchholz Gallery. New York, 1949, unpaginated, no. 3, ill.

The Post-Impressionists and Their Followers. Exh. cat., Society of the Four Arts. Palm Beach, 1949, unpaginated, no. 23.

André Salmon. "La guerre des deux rives." XXe Siècle no. 3 (June 1952), ill. p. 21, as "Duo pour flûte," 1911.

Marco Valsecchi. 24 dipinti in una raccolta d'arte moderna. Milan, 1952, unpaginated (list of plates), pl. 15, as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

Carlo L. Ragghianti. Arte moderna in una raccolta italiana. Exh. cat., Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Milan, 1953, unpaginated, no. 90, ill. no. 21.

Georges Braque. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich. Zürich, 1953, unpaginated, no. 30, as "Duo pour Flûte," 1911.

Georges Braque: Juni bis Juli 1953. Verzeichnis der ausgestellten Werke mit 24 Tafeln. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich. Zurich, 1953, p. 16, no. 30, as "Duo pour Flûte".

Francesco Arcangeli, ed. 20 dipinti di grandi artisti europei. Exh. cat.Bologna, 1955, unpaginated, ill.

XXIX Biennale internazionale d'arte. 3rd ed. Venice, 1958, p. 147, no. 6 bis.

Frank Elgar. Braque, 1906–1920. New York, 1958, pl. 7, as "Flute Duet," 1911 (French ed., as "Duo pour flûte," 1911).

Rodolfo Pallucchini. Braque. Exh. cat., Palazzo Barberini. Rome, 1958, p. 37, no. 5, ill.

Marco Valsecchi, ed. Capolavori di arte moderna nelle raccolte private. Exh. cat., Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin. Milan, 1959, p. 44, no. 63, pl. 22.

S. P. "Milano: Mostre varie cinquant'anni d'arte a Milano." Emporium 129, no. 773 (May 1959), ill. p. 222, as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

Giuseppe Marchiori. La pittura straniera nelle collezioni italiane. Turin, 1960, unpaginated, ill., as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

G. Marussi. "Ai margini della XXX Biennale: I pittori e l'immagine." Le arti nos. 7–8 (August 1960), ill. p. 12, as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

XXX Biennale internazionale d'arte. Exh. cat.Venice, 1960, p. 16, no. 59.

Marco Valsecchi. "La XXX Biennale di Venezia: Difficile ma sincera." L'illustrazione italiana 87, no. 7 (July 1960), ill. p. 49, as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

Douglas Cooper. Georges Braque. Exh. cat., Haus der Kunst. Munich, 1963, p. 41, no. 49, fig. 45.

François Mathey. L'arte moderna., Il Cubismo. Milan, 1967, p. 421, ill. p. 145, as "Bicchiere, bottiglia e pipa su una tavola," 1914.

Marco Valsecchi and Massimo Carrà. L'opera completa di Braque dalla scomposizione cubista al recupero dell'oggetto, 1908–1929. Milan, 1971, p. 88, no. 79, ill. p. 89 and pl. XVIII, as "Duo pour flûte," 1911.

Francis Ponge, Pierre Descargues, and André Malraux. G. Braque. New York, 1971, p. 122, ill., as "Glass, Bottle, and Pipe on a Table," 1914 (French ed., as "Verre, bouteille et pipe sur une table," 1914).

Metamorfosi dell'oggetto. Exh. cat., Palazzo Reale. Milan, 1972, p. 155, no. 12, ill.

Pierre Descargues and Massimo Carrà. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Braque, 1908–1929. Paris, 1973, p. 90, no. 79, ill. p. 89 and pl. XVIII, as "Duo pour flûte," 1911.

Hommage à Schönberg: Der Blaue Reiter und das Musikalische in der Malerei der Zeit. Exh. cat., Nationalgalerie Berlin. Berlin, 1974, p. 96, no. 3, ill. p. 97.

Maciej Gutowski. Braque, 1906–1920. Warsaw, 1975, unpaginated, pl. 7, as "Duet na flet," 1911.

Malcolm Gee. Dealers, Critics, and Collectors of Modern Painting: Aspects of the Parisian Art Market Between 1910 and 1930. PhD diss., Courtauld Institute of Art. New York, 1981, appendix F, p. 53, no. 69b, as "Nature morte".

Nicole Worms de Romilly and Jean Laude. [Catalogue de l'œuvre de Georges Braque]. Vol. [1], Le Cubisme, fin 1907–1914. [Paris], 1982, p. 289, no. 237, ill. p. 247.

Enrico d'Anna. Tabacco storia arte. Rome, 1983, p. 298, ill. p. 243, as "Duo per flauto," 1911.

Fanette Roche-Pézard. L'aventure futuriste, 1909–1916. Rome, 1983, p. 195, as "Duo pour flûte," 1911.

Serge Fauchereau. Braque. New York, 1987, pp. 17, 126, no. 48, ill. (color), as "Glass, Bottle, and Pipe on a Table".

Francesco Arcangeli. Arte e vita: Pagine di galleria, 1941–1973. Bologna, 1994, p. 159, ill. no. 35, as "Duo per flauto," 1914 (erroneously as 1911, in caption to ill. no. 35).

"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 "Duet for Flute (Duo pour flute)".

Carl Einstein. Über Georges Braque und den Kubismus. Zurich, 2013, p. 180, fig. 30, as "Stilleben auf dem Tisch," 1912.

Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 239.

Lewis Kachur in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 83–85, no. 13, ill. p. 84 (color).

Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 253–54, fig. 13 (reproduced in the November 17–18, 1921, Kahnweiler sequestration sale catalogue, Hôtel Drouot, Paris).

"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), p. 45, figs. 2 (color, on display in the living room of the Lauder residence, New York, 2014) and 21 (color).