Georges Braque. Man with a Guitar. Céret, summer 1911-early 1912
Georges Braque

Man with a Guitar

Céret, summer 1911-early 1912
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
45 3/4 x 31 7/8" (116.2 x 80.9 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest
Object number
175.1945
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Braque painted Man with a Guitar in a mode that came to be called Analytic Cubism. In works created in this style, he and Pablo Picasso experimented with different types of representation to challenge the orthodoxy of illusionistic space in painting. Here Braque paired an accessible, lifelike rendering of a nail and rope, at left, with a nearly indecipherable rendering of a human figure playing a guitar. Braque and Picasso's collaboration was so close when they developed Analytic Cubism that Braque later compared them to two mountaineers, bound together. In order to remove the mystique of the maker from their paintings, they both habitually signed the back of their works instead of the front.

Gallery label from 2011

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Acquired from the artist by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884-1979), Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1911 [1]; sold to Wilhelm Uhde (1874-1947), Paris, before 1914; seized during the war by the French government as enemy property and sold through Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 30, 1921 [2]. Marcel Fleischmann, Zurich, [c. 1924] [3]; sold through Paul Drey, New York to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1945 [4].
[1] Douglas Cooper and Gary Tinterow, The Essential Cubism: Braque, Picasso, and their Friends, 1907-1920, exh. cat. London: The Tate Gallery, 1983, no. 16: "The artist to Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris (photo no. 1019), 1911."
[2] Vente de biens allemands ayant fait l'objet d'une mesure de séquestre de guerre. Collection Uhde: Tableaux modernes, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 30, 1921, no. 4: Figure. Buyer not known.
[3] See Douglas Cooper and Gary Tinterow, The Essential Cubism: Braque, Picasso, and their Friends, 1907-1920, exh. cat. London: The Tate Gallery, 1983, no. 16. Included in the exhibitions Georges Braque, Kunsthalle Basel, April 9 - May 14, 1933, no. 49 (Mann mit Gitarre); and Georges Braque, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, November-December 1936, no. 9 (L'homme à la guitare).
[4] On extended loan to The Museum of Modern Art, New York from 1939 until sold in 1945. Included in the exhibition Modern Masters from European and American Collections, January 26-March 24, 1940, no. 19.

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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