Georges Braque Road near L'Estaque L'Estaque, late summer 1908

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 503 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Before Braque began painting the landscape of L'Estaque, in southern France, the town had been a favorite subject for Paul Cézanne, whose 1907 memorial exhibition in Paris had a great impact on the younger artist. This painting makes visible Cézanne's influence on Braque's developing later Cubist style. Braque employs Cézanne's progressive gradations of color and flattened, inaccessible spaces. As Cézanne often did, Braque left an area of canvas unpainted, in the limb of a tree. Road near L'Estaque looks forward to Cubism in its significantly restricted palette of colors, crowded space, and sharp geometric forms.

Gallery label from 2011.
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 19 3/4" (60.3 x 50.2 cm)
Given anonymously (by exchange)
Object number
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist; acquired by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884-1979), Paris, before 1914 [1]; seized during the war by the French government as enemy property and sold through Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 17-18, 1921 [2]; Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris [3]. Hugo Simons, (1892-1958), Düsseldorf/The Hague/Montreal, by 1933 [4]; acquired by Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, by 1943 [5]; sold by exchange to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1943.

[1] Per Nicole Worms de Romilly and Jean Laude, Braque: Cubism 1907-1914, Paris: Maeght, 1982, no. 17.
[2] Tableaux, aquarelles, gouaches & dessins. [2nd sale of Kahnweiler collection]. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, November 17-November 18, 1921 (no. 24: La route de l'Estaque).
[3] Label information in collection files, The Department of Painting and Sculpture. Possibly bought back at auction. Reproduced in Maurice Raynal, Georges Braque, Rome: Valori plastici, 1924, n.p. (Photo Galerie Simon).
[4] Collection files, The Department of Painting and Sculpture.
[5] Collection files, The Department of Painting and Sculpture.

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