Georges Braque. Guitar. (Summer 1913)

Georges Braque


(Summer 1913)

Not on view
Cut-and-pasted printed and painted paper, charcoal, pencil, and gouache on gessoed canvas
39 1/4 x 25 5/8" (99.7 x 65.1 cm)
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest
Object number
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Georges Braque has 44 works online.
There are 9,602 drawings online.

The invention of collage in 1912 by Braque and Pablo Picasso marked the beginning of a radical shift in the history of Western art. By pasting fragments of paper, including newspaper and wallpaper, onto their compositions, they introduced real materials and textures into art and negated the idea that art must be representational. The collaged paper fractures the composition into geometric planes and draws attention to the flatness of the picture’s surface.

Gallery label from Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, June 11–August 18, 2008

Provenance Research Project
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Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris. [Acquired from Braque, 1913 – 1914]
Kahnweiler collection and gallery stock sequestered by French Government as property of a German enemy in 1914. Fourth Kahnweiler auction, Hotel Drouot, Paris, May 7-8, 1923, no. 11
André Cournand, Paris. [Acquired from Kahnweiler auction, May 1923] – 1947
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired from André Cournand, through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1947

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