Georges Braque 1882-1963
Inscribed 'G Braque | 25' b.l.
Oil on laminated board, 26 3/8 x 21 3/8 (67 x 54.5)
Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Prov: With Paul Rosenberg, Paris (purchased from the artist); C. Frank Stoop, London
Exh: Oeuvres de Braque, Paul Rosenberg, Paris, March 1926 (21) as 'Baigneuse' 1925; Braque and Rouault, Tate Gallery, April-May 1946 (65); Georges Braque, Kunsthalle, Basle, April-May 1960 (57)
Lit: George Isarlov, 'Georges Braque' in Orbes, No.3, Spring 1932, p.91, No.376 as 'Baigneuse'; Nicole S. Mangin, Catalogue de l'Oeuvre de Georges Braque: Peintures 1924-1927 (Paris 1968), p.43, repr. as 'Baigneuse'; Marco Valsecchi and Massimo Carrà, L'Opera Completa di Braque 1908-1929 (Milan 1971), No.289, p.99, repr. p.99 and pl.IL in colour
Repr: Cahiers d'Art, 1927, p.7
Between 1922 and 1926, Braque executed a series of oil paintings and large drawings of nudes of a semi-classical character. This picture, in which the figure is partly wrapped in a towel, has been known in recent years as 'Nude', but was originally exhibited as 'Bather'. It was probably painted later than [N04166], as it had the Paul Rosenberg photo number 1232 as against 1177.
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, p.79, reproduced p.79