Georges Braque

Pioneer of Modernism

October 11 – November 29, 2011

The Mauve Tablecloth
1936
Oil on canvas
33 ½ x 51 ½ inches (85 x 131 cm)
Private Collection
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Céret, Rooftops
1911
Oil on canvas
34 ¾ x 25 ½ inches (88.5 x 65 cm)
Private Collection
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Great Trees, L’Estaque
1906–07
Oil on canvas mounted on composition board
31 ½ x 27 ¾ inches (80 x 70.5 cm)
Fractional gift to The Museum of Modern Art from a private collector
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Still Life with Guitar I (Red Tablecloth)
1936
Oil on canvas
38 ¼ x 51 inches (97 x 129.5 cm)
Gift of R. H. Norton, 47.46
The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Landscape at L’Estaque
1906
Oil on canvas
23 ⅝ x 31 ⅞ inches (60 x 81 cm)
Merzbacher Kunststiftung
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Guitar and Glass
1917
Oil on canvas
23 ⅝ x 36 inches (60 x 91.5 cm)
Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Harbor
1909
Oil on canvas
16 x 19 inches (40.5 x 48 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Victoria Nebeker Coberly in memory of her son, John W. Mudd, 1992.3.1
Image Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Billiard Table
1945
Oil and sand on canvas
35 x 45 ¾ inches (89 x 116.5 cm)
Tate: Purchased with assistance from the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, the Art Fund, Tate Members and the Dr V.J. Daniel Bequest 2003
© Tate, London, 2011
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Glass, Bottle and Newspaper
1912
Charcoal and faux-bois wallpaper
on paper
18 ⅞ x 24 ⅜ inches (48 x 62 cm)
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
Photo: Robert Bayer, Basel
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Pantry
1920
Oil on canvas
31 ⅞ x 39 ⅜ inches (81 x 100 cm)
Albertina, Vienna–Batliner Collection, Inv. GE18DL
© Albertina, Vienna - Batliner Collection
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Woman at an Easel (Yellow Screen)
1936
Oil with sand on canvas
51 1/2 x 63 7/8 inches (131 x 162 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.12)
Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Studio V
1949–50
Oil on canvas
57 ⅞ x 69 ½ inches (147 x 176.5 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 2000
Accession Number: 123.2000
Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Press Release

Acquavella Galleries is pleased to announce Georges Braque: Pioneer of Modernism, a retrospective of seminal paintings curated by Dieter Buchhart, from October 12th through November 30th, 2011. The exhibition will include over forty major paintings and papiers collés by the artist, all on loan from prestigious international public and private collections. The exhibition marks the first major Braque retrospective in the United States since the Guggenheim Museum’s celebrated exhibition in 1988.

Best known as the co-founder of Cubism with Pablo Picasso and as the inventor of the papier collé technique, Georges Braque’s legacy is better understood in the context of his lasting influence on artists for the past century. “The purpose of this retrospective is to present the artist not only as the cocreator of Fauvism and Cubism but also as a profoundly passionate, progressive and influential painter all the years of his life, well beyond his early triumphs,” explained William Acquavella.

As a young man, Braque was a leading member of the Fauves, together with Henri Matisse, André Dérain, and Maurice de Vlaminck, before being inspired by the structured compositions of Paul Cézanne. This adherence to structure would guide Braque for the remainder of his career, especially during his close six-year collaboration with Picasso.

Together, Braque and Picasso invented a new aesthetic by portraying their subjects from multiple vantage points. They created a new pictorial world in which an object was deconstructed and then reconstructed on the basis of geometric criteria. They used forms that resembled geometric cubes, leading art critic Louis Vauxcelles to assign the name “Cubism” to the new movement. Still lifes became Braque’s preferred vehicle for innovation, and he was celebrated for instilling the most everyday objects with a profound spirituality usually reserved for devotional painting. Braque described his fascination with the genre, “A lemon and an orange side by side cease to be a lemon and an orange and become
fruit. The mathematicians follow this law; so do we.” In addition to fruit, other familiar objects such as tobacco pouches and musical instruments became frequent sources of inspiration.

At seventy-nine, Braque became the first living artist to be accorded a solo exhibition at The Louvre and was awarded state honors at his funeral in 1963. His work is held in the permanent collections of the world’s foremost museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Collection, London; The Albertina, Vienna; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Kunsthaus Zurich; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; many of whom have loaned work for the exhibition.

Georges Braque: Pioneer of Modernism will be accompanied by a 200 page hardcover catalogue which will include essays by Dieter Buchhart, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine and Richard Shiff.

For more information please contact Prentice Art Communications, Inc.
(212) 228-4048 or Bettina@PrenticeArt.com

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Bloomberg
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artcritical
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The New York Sun
A Lemon and an Orange Side by Side November 7, 2011

The New Criterion
Gallery chronicle November 2011

Wall Street Journal
A Modern Movement Unto Himself October 29 - 30, 2011

Time Out New York
Braque rocks uptown October 27 - Novemer 2, 2011

CityArts
Pioneers in Shadows October 26, 2011

The New York Times
Stealing the Show October 21, 2011

The New York Times
The Other Father of Cubism October 14, 2011

The New York Observer
By Georges! Gallery Offers a View of Braque's Evolution October 12, 2011

Vanity Fair
Georges Braque: From Fauvism to Cubism October 12, 2011

Wall Street Journal
Fall Preview: Art September 9, 2011

The New York Observer
Step Aside, Picasso: Acquavella Plans a Braque Retrospective July 20, 2011

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