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Georges Braque
Fruit Dish and Glass
Charcoal and cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper with gouache on white laid paper subsequently mounted on paperboard

24 3/4 x 18 inches
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art


Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris)
Fruit Dish and Glass, Sorgues, autumn 1912

This work is the most famous and possibly the first Cubist papier collé, a collage made of pasted papers. In the summer of 1912, Braque and Picasso were working in Sorgues in the south of France. Braque later recalled that one day, while wandering around the nearby city of Avignon, he noticed a roll of faux bois wallpaper displayed in a shop window. Braque waited until Picasso departed for Paris before incorporating pieces of the mechanically printed, fake wood grain paper into a series of charcoal drawings. These fragments from the real world add significant meaning to the fictive world of the picture: they can be interpreted as the front drawer of the table (onto which Braque drew a circular knob), the floor, or the wall of the bar. This collage marked a turning point in Cubism. Braque later said “After having made the papier collé, I felt a great shock and it was an even greater shock to Picasso when I showed it to him.”

See full collection record for Fruit Dish and Glass and other works by Georges Braque, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Georges Braque, French, (1882-1963)
b. May 13, 1882, Argenteuil, France
d. 1963

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