Figure

Georges Braque, French, 1882 - 1963

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1920

Medium:
Plaster

Dimensions:
8 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (21 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-10

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Figure is Braque's first sculpture and a milestone in the development of his art. The geometric handling of the torso and legs, whose forms are demarcated through deep undercutting to produce strong contrasts of light and shadow, carries forward his exploration of Cubism, yet the curves of the arms and coiffure reflect a new openness to the classical tradition. At this time, both Braque and Picasso, his partner in the invention of Cubism, looked to the art of ancient Greece and Rome for fresh inspiration in much the same way they looked to the example of African or Iberian sculpture as they embarked on their first Cubist experiments over ten years earlier.

Provenance

With Galerie Simon, Paris; sold to A. E. Gallatin, 1933 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952. 1. As per letter of September 18, 1987, from Maurice Jardot, Galerie Louise Leiris, to Gail Stavitsky; see Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph.D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 6, p. 38.