Detail: Left side
Detail: top center
Detail: Right side
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.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
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)
 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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg
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