Still Life with Blue Plums and a Glass of Water

Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963)


23.2 x 73.1 cm (9 1/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Mary Stamas Gallery (Gallery 153)





In the 1920s Braque produced a number of horizontal still lifes more naturalistic in style than the fragmented, Cubist compositions of his earlier work. These still lifes have been interpreted as a response to the rappel à l’ordre (return to order), a widespread desire for the reestablishment of traditional values in postwar France. Here the rounded, deep-hued plums suggest a renewed interest in naturalistic form, while the off-kilter tabletop reveals Braque’s Cubist roots.


Lower left: G. Braque/ 25-


By 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg, New York [see note 1] 1957, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberg. (Accession date: May 9, 1957)

[1] according to letter of April 16, 1957 from Paul Rosenberg to Perry T. Rathbone of the MFA in curatorial files, this picture was in the Rosenberg private collection since 1925. A letter of May 20, 1957 from Alexandre Rosenberg, also in curatorial files, reveals that the work was included in the exhibition, "Marguerite and Paul Rosenberg: Private Collection," November - December 1953, Rosenberg Gallery, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg


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