Georges BraqueClarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece 1911

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Artist
Georges Braque (1882‑1963)
Title
Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece
Clarinette et bouteille de rhum sur une cheminée
Date 1911
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 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

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