Artsy Insight: Picasso and Braque’s Friendly Rivalry
Basel, Kunstmuseum, Douglas Cooper and the Masters of Cubism, 22 Nov. 1987 – 17 Jan. 1988, no. 1; this exhibition later travelled to London, Tate Gallery, 3 Feb. – 4 April 1988; and Philadelphia, Museum of Art, 16 June – 31 July 1988.
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism, 24 Sept. 1989 – 16 Jan. 1990.
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Gris: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism, 14 Oct. – 30 Dec. 1990, no. 1; this exhibition later travelled to Los Angeles, L.A. County Museum of Art, 31 Jan. – 21 April 1991.
Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario, Satisfying Companions: Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures form Gauguin to Picasso, 23 July 1994 – 22 Jan. 1995.
W. Rubin, “Cézannisme and the Beginnings of Cubism”, in Cézanne: The Late Work, New York, 1977, pp. 170-72.
L. Steinberg, “The Polemic Part”, in Art in America, vol. 67, March-April 1979, pp. 114-27.
N. Worms de Romilly, Braque: Cubism, 1907 – 1914, Paris, 1982, p. 258, no. 4 (illus. p. 62).
Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris.
André Lhote, Paris.
Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London.
Douglas Cooper, London and Argilliers, acquired from the above on 10 Oct. 1955;
His Sale; Christie’s, New York, 11 May 1992, lot 2.
David Campbell, Toronto;
His Sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 11 Oct. 2011, lot 2.
Manuel Barbié, Barcelona, 2011.
Private European Collection, acquired from the above.
French painter, collagist and sculptor Georges Braque is, along with Pablo Picasso, renowned as the co-founder of Cubism, which revolutionized 20th-century painting. In his work, objects are fragmented and reconstructed into geometric forms, fracturing the picture plane in order to explore a variety of viewpoints. “The hard-and-fast rules of perspective … were a ghastly mistake which…has taken four centuries to redress,” he said in 1957. Merging aspects of the sculptural with the pictorial, Braque was also an innovator in the use of collage, inventing a technique known as papier collé, which he first explored in one early work Fruit Dish and Glass (1912) by attaching pieces of wallpaper to a charcoal drawing. This approach deeply influenced not only his contemporaries but generations of artists from Modernism to the present.
French, 1882-1963, Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France, based in Paris, France