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Georges Braque

Nature morte et verre (Still Life with Glass)

1930

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In the 1900s and 1910s Georges Braque, along with Pablo Picasso, was instrumental in the development of Cubism, the renunciation of perspectival illusionism in painting. Throughout much of his career Braque painted still lifes, associating the genre with objects at close range. This late Cubist painting from the 1930s shows a wooden table covered with a patterned tablecloth and a group of objects including a pipe, a glass, a fruit bowl with a cluster of grapes, and the letters J O R. Several of these items are depicted from multiple perspectives at once. The glass, for example, though rendered volumetrically, is shown both from above and straight on, while the flat tabletop parallels the flatness of the painting surface. Through the combination of different spatial representations, Braque created a complicated system that hovers between the painterly illusion of physical objects in space and the flatness of the canvas itself. [Permanent collection label, 2019]

  • Artist Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963)
  • Title Nature morte et verre (Still Life with Glass)
  • Date 1930
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions unframed | 20 3/16 x 25 5/8 in.
  • Credit line University purchase, Kende Sale Fund, 1946
  • Copyright © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
  • Object number WU 3807
  • Currently on View Gertrude Bernoudy Gallery, Room 3

Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–45
The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), 06/08/2013 - 09/01/2013
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/25/2013 - 04/21/2013

Art and the Mind-Brain
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/27/2012 - 04/16/2012

Picasso to Pollock: H.W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, Texas), 08/17/2004 - 10/24/2004

Collecting Patterns
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/05/2003 - 12/07/2003

H. W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 08/30/2002 - 12/08/2002
Salander-O’Reilly Galleries (New York, New York), 03/12/2002 - 04/06/2002

Cubism and Abstraction
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/12/1998 - 04/05/1998

A Gallery of Modern Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 08/09/1994 - 10/16/1994

Braque: Still Lifes and Interiors
Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool, England), 09/07/1990 - 10/21/1990
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Bristol, England), 10/27/1990 - 12/09/1990

Georges Braque
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Shizuoka, Japan), 09/23/1988 - 10/27/1988
Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Japan), 11/16/1988 - 12/11/1988
Isetan Museum of Art, Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan), 07/14/1988 - 08/09/1988

Cubists, Surrealists, and Expressionists
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/15/1983 - 09/04/1983

Capsule of Modern Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/09/1983 - 03/06/1983

The Centennial Exhibition
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/15/1981 - 10/11/1981

Cubist, Expressionist, and Surrealist Paintings and Sculptures
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/20/1980 - 11/02/1980

Washington University Collection of Modern Paintings and Sculpture from Daumier to Pollock
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri), 04/06/1966 - 05/08/1966

Braque (1882–1963): An American Tribute, The Thirties
Paul Rosenberg and Company (New York, New York), 04/07/1964 - 05/02/1964

Opening Exhibition of Mark C. Steinberg Memorial Hall
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 04/29/1960

Art at Washington University
Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, Missouri), 05/07/1953 - 05/31/1953

An Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas), 04/15/1951 - 05/15/1951

Seeing the Unseeable
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 01/03/1947 - 02/10/1947

Since Cézanne: A Cross Section of 17 Leading Painters of the Ecole de Paris
Valentine Gallery (New York, New York), 12/28/1931 - 01/16/1932

Paul Rosenberg and Co., New York

Inscription [LR:] G. Braque 30

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