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

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

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 5, Collection Galleries

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.
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 (by exchange)
Object number
175.1945
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos.

If you notice an error, please contact us at digital@moma.org.

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.

Provenance research is a work in progress, and is frequently updated with new information. If you have any questions or information to provide about the listed works, please email provenance@moma.org or write to:

Provenance Research Project
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.