Georges Braque. Guitar. (Summer 1913)

Georges Braque

Guitar

(Summer 1913)

Medium
Cut-and-pasted printed and painted paper, charcoal, pencil, and gouache on gessoed canvas
Dimensions
39 1/4 x 25 5/8" (99.7 x 65.1 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange)
Object number
304.1947
Copyright
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Georges Braque has 45 works  online.
There are 15,039 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

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
1913/14 - December 12, 1914, Galerie Kahnweiler (photo no. 1173, stock no. 1?44), Paris, acquired from the artist.
December 12, 1914 - May 7-8, 1923, Kahnweiler collection and gallery stock, sequestered during World War I by the French government as enemy property and sold through Hôtel Drouot to unidentified buyer (4th sale of Kahnweiler collection, May 7-8, 1923, lot 11), Paris.
Estate of Jeanne Bucher (Sybille Cournand, née Blumer, et al.)
1947, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from the Estate of Jeanne Bucher through André Cournand, New York.

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