Georges Braque

Glass and Plate of Apples


Not on display

Georges Braque 1882–1963
Original title
Verre et plat de pommes
Oil paint on board
Support: 400 × 600 mm
frame: 625 × 822 × 85 mm
Presented by Paul Rosenberg 1926

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In the years after the First World War Braque abandoned the rigid geometry of his earlier Cubism in favour of a more naturalistic, fluid style. His works retained a relatively shallow pictorial space, but were more obviously traditional in subject and composition. With its simple subject, 'Glass and Plate of Apples' may be seen as expressing Braque's profound attachment to homely, everyday objects.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Georges Braque 1882-1963

N04166 Verre et Plat de Pommes (Glass and Plate of Apples) 1925

Inscribed 'G Braque | 25' b.r.
Oil on laminated board, 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 (40 x 60)
Presented by Paul Rosenberg 1926
Prov: With Paul Rosenberg, Paris (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Oeuvres de Braque, Paul Rosenberg, Paris, March 1926 (22) as 'La Corbeille de porcelaine' 1925; Opening Exhibition of the Modern Foreign Gallery, Tate Gallery, June-October 1926 (works not numbered); RSA, Edinburgh, April-September 1934 (232); Braque and Rouault, Tate Gallery, April-May 1946 (66)
Lit: George Isarlov, 'Georges Braque' in Orbes, No.3, Spring 1932, p.91, No.393 as 'Corbeille de porcelaine'; Nicole S. Mangin, Catalogue de l'Oeuvre de Georges Braque: Peintures 1924-1927 (Paris 1968), p.52, repr. as 'Verre et Plat de Pommes'; Marco Valsecchi and Massimo Carrà, L'Opera Completa di Braque 1908-1929 (Milan 1971), No.271, p.99, repr. p.98 and pl.XLVI in colour
Repr: William Gaunt, The Observer's Book of Painting and Graphic Art (London and New York 1958), pl.64

Formerly catalogued simply as 'Still Life', this picture was first exhibited under the title 'China Basket'. However, the descriptive title 'Glass and Plate of Apples' used for it in the Braque catalogue raisonné seems preferable.

Published in:
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.78-9, reproduced p.78

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