Légumiers, citrons, oranges, 1924

by Georges Braque

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 8.25 x 25.75 in./20.96 x 65.41 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated ‘G Braque 24’ lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5391 Categories: ,

Description

The still life was a theme to which Braque returned consistently throughout his long and productive career. In every phase, beginning with the Cubist period and culminating in the majestic interiors of his last years, Braque found the arrangement of a limited number of objects on a table-top or in an interior to be the most appropriate subject for his investigations of the formal and tactile qualities of painting. In the decades following the invention of Cubism, Braque continued to refine and re-examine the expressive possibilities of his still lifes, always creating innovative ways to represent common objects.

Painted in 1924, Légumiers, citrons, oranges is a wonderful example of the “transparent” aesthetic that would define Braque’s work for the next decade. Elements of the composition overlap with varying degrees of transparency, creating an illusion of recession and depth. The dimensionality of the picture is further enhanced by Braque’s choice of colour. He limits his palette in a manner that focuses the eye on the fruit at the centre of the panel. Still lifes feature prominently in Braque’s and Picasso’s early Synthetic works and were a link with high Baroque still lifes, such as those painted by Caravaggio. Braque’s historical appropriations and experiments with formal transparency would have a profound effect on the work of his fellow painters, most notably in Picasso’s still lifes painted in the 1930s.

Provenance

Provenance

Georges de Batz & Co., New York;
Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York;
Robert von Hirsch, Basel;
Lolo Sarnoff, United States (then by descent);
Private Collection, United States

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Literature

Literature

G. Isarlov, Catalogue des oeuvres de Georges Braque, Paris, 1932, no. 330;
Galerie Maeght, ed., Catalogue de l’oeuvre de Georges Braque, Peintures 1924-1927, Paris, 1968, p. 19 (illustrated);
M. Valsecchi & M. Carra, L’Opera Completa di Braque dalla scomposisione cubist al recupero dell’oggetto,
Milan, 1971, no. 224 (illustrated)

 

Exhibited

Exhibited

Toledo, Toledo Museum of Art; New York; Museum of Modern Art & Cleveland Museum of Art, Georges Braque, 1949, no. 47

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