Georges Braque 1882-1963
N04416 Guitare et Pichet (Guitar and Jug) 1927
Inscribed 'G Braque | 27' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 45 7/8 (81 x 116.5)
Presented by C. Frank Stoop 1928
Prov: With Paul Rosenberg, Paris (purchased from the artist); C. Frank Stoop, London
Exh: Braque and Rouault, Tate Gallery, April-May 1946 (67); G. Braque, RSA, Edinburgh, August-September 1956 (60, repr.); Tate Gallery, September-November 1956 (60, repr.); Georges Braque og Henri Laurens, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, March-May 1969 (229)
Lit: J.B. Manson, 'Mr Frank Stoop's Modern Pictures' in Apollo, X, 1929, pp.127-9, repr. p.127; George Isarlov, 'Georges Braque' in Orbes, No.3, Spring 1932, p.93, No.479 as 'Mandoline, verre, pot et fruits' and dated 1928; Nicole S. Mangin, Catalogue de l'Oeuvre de Georges Braque: Peintures 1924-1927 (Paris 1968), p.99, repr. as 'Nature Morte (à la guitare)'; Marco Valsecchi and Massimo Carrà, L'Opera Completa di Braque 1908-1929 (Milan 1971), No.338, p.102, repr. p.101 and pl.LIII in colour
Probably completed at the very end of 1927 or early in 1928, as it was dated 1928 by Isarlov and its Paul Rosenberg photo number 2119 shows that it was not photographed until the latter year. Isarlov, who had access to Paul Rosenberg's records, gave its title as 'Mandolin, Glass, Pot and Fruit', but the instrument appears to be a deep-sided guitar of a characteristically South American form. Braque himself, on being shown a photograph in 1950, inscribed it 'Guitar and Jug'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.79-80, reproduced p.79