Georges Braque Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece 1911

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Artwork details

Artist
Georges Braque 1882–1963
Title
Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece
Clarinette et bouteille de rhum sur une cheminée
Date 1911
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 810 x 600 mm
frame: 935 x 723 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from a special government grant and with assistance from the Art Fund 1978
Reference
T02318

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A clarinet lies on a mantelpiece at the centre of this playful work. In front of it stands a bottle with the characters RHU, the first three letters of the French word for rum. The word Valse (Waltz) introduces the idea of dancing, reinforcing the theme of music evoked by the clarinet and suggestions of treble and bass clefs. The scrolled form in the lower right-hand corner could stand for either the bracket of the mantelpiece or the head of n instrument.

May 2012