Still Life with Banderillas

Artist: Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)

Date: 1911

Medium: Oil and charcoal with sand on canvas

Dimensions: 25 3/4 x 21 5/8 in. (65.4 x 54.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998

Accession Number: 1999.363.11

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The complex arrangement of intersecting planes, letters, and fractured objects in Braque's work is virtually indistinguishable from Picasso's paintings of the same time. The two spent the summer of 1911 together in Céret, a small town popular with artists in the French Pyrenees, where they explored the formal elements of what later became known as Cubism. The banderillas of the title - wooden sticks with steel barbs used in bullfights - may have been included as a tribute to Picasso, since Braque himself was not a bullfighting enthusiast.