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The Table
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The Table

Georges Braque, French, 1882 - 1963

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1918

Medium:
Oil on canvas

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

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-29b

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
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.

Provenance

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.