Jul 24, 2014



early 1914

Georges Braque

(French, 1882–1963)

Cut and pasted papers (newsprint, block-printed or stenciled decorative paper, and faux bois), with charcoal and graphite

Support: Cardboard

Unframed: 71.8 x 51.8 cm (28 1/4 x 20 3/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1968.196


Did you know?

Georges Braque glued an entire page from the newspaper Le Journal on the reverse side of this drawing.


This drawing belongs to a series that Georges Braque made with papier collé, a technique he invented in 1912 that featured collaged elements made from inexpensive wood-patterned wallpaper. Around the same time, Braque's frequent collaborator, Pablo Picasso, was also experimenting with collage, and the two worked closely together until World War I interfered in 1914. Here, Braque represented a violin and glass on a table supported by a single wooden leg. The violin is defined with lines of charcoal, a newspaper fragment, a piece of paper with wood grain, and a strip of decorative patterned paper. Using this combination of materials, Braque placed his subject in a complex space of intersecting planes that defies the logic of representation.

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