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The Table
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The Table

Georges Braque, French, 1882 - 1963

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

52 5/16 x 29 3/4 inches (132.9 x 75.6 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Painted shortly after his recovery from a head wound suffered in World War I, The Table suggests a return to Braque's early training with his father, a painter-decorator who taught him how to simulate the appearance of wood grain and marble. The sensuous textures and decorative surfaces-the wood patterns, the polka dots, and the letters situating us in a "[ca]fé-bar"-enliven the picture with the distinct air of pleasure and poetry characteristic of Braque's Synthetic Cubist paintings. The Table initiated a decade-long series of paintings in which still-life elements are arranged on the tipped-up surface of a wooden pedestal table.


Louise Arensberg (1879-1953) and Walter C. Arensberg (1878-1954), Los Angeles, by 1921 [1]. 1. According to the Arensbergs' provenance notes dated Dec. 1, 1951 (PMA Arensberg Archives, CA Use Tax 1951), they acquired the painting before they moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1921.