37.0 x 28.7cm stretcher; 54.0 x 45.7 x 4.9cm frame
This small but exquisite painting was produced during that critical two months - which turned out to be pivotal for modern art - when Picasso and Braque shared a studio at Ceret. While the cubist experiment is as rigorous here as if it were Picasso, the lyrical touches of colour and the illusionism of the grapes are very much Braque. The architectural forms, such as the steps on the right and the cubic blocks to the left of the absinthe glass, are characteristic of the equal weight both artists gave to the spaces between objects, and their concern to integrate objects into the field. As a result, although certain elements are clearly recognisable - the glass and spoon, the bunch of grapes - others are obscure. Painted the year before Braque introduced papier collé, 'Le verre d'absinthe' records a key moment of analytic cubism.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), 10 May 1989-Oct 1997, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Agnew's 1997. Purchased by Agnew's from Christie's New York, 10 May 1989, lot no. 61.
Mrs Richard Riley (United States of America), pre 10 May 1989, Petersham/Massachusetts/United States of America, by descent, daughter of Mr and Mrs T Catesby Jones. Loaned to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs Riley, 2 May 1968 - May 1989, loan no. MA.L40.68.2. Sold at Christie's New York, 10 May 1989, lot no. 61.
T Catesby Jones (United States of America, b.1880, d.1946), post 1930s, New York/New York/United States of America, Information from John Ravenal, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 8/1/2001: their records show that a label verso of frame [label now removed] states that the painting was the joint property of Jeanne Bucher and T Catesby Jones, later becoming the property of Mr and Mrs T Catesby Jones and then by descent to Mrs Richard Riley.
Jeanne Bucher (France, b.1872,d.1946), 1930s?, Paris/France, Information from Jean-François Jaeger, Director, Galerie Jeanne-Bucher Paris 27/12/2000: M. Jaeger writes that he can find no mention in their records of the painting being in the collection of Jeanne Bucher but says that T Catesby Jones was a client of Mme. Bucher's in the years preceding the 2nd World War and that the painting could possibly have been purchased from an exhibition at Galerie Jeanne-Bucher.
Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris (France), 1921, Paris/France, Sold at either the first or second Kahnweiler sale at Hotel Drouot, Paris - 13 & 14 June 1921 no.14 'Nature morte' 35 x 27cm purchased by Andre Groult for FF605, or 17 & 18 November 1921 no.7 'Nature morte' 35 x 27cm purchased by Andre Breton for FF220
Terence Maloon (Australia) (Author), Paths to Abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, 229 (colour illus.).
Sue Cramer (Author), Lesley Harding (Australia) (Author), Cubism & Australian art, Carlton, 2009, 13 (colour illus.).
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 53 (colour illus.).
'Georges Braque-Le Verre d'Absinthe', Look Jun 1998, Jun 1998, 13 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1998 1998, 1998, 6 (colour illus.).
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817) (Author), Agnew's 175th anniversary, London, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 13
The South Bank Centre (England) (Author), Braque still lifes and interiors, London, 1990, 29 (colour illus.). cat.no. 3, Lent by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd
Christie's New York (United States of America) (Author), Christie's New York: Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture (part 1), New York, 10 May 1989, (colour illus.). cat.no. 61
Nicole de Romilly (Author), Jean Laude (Author), Braque: Cubism 1907-1914, Paris, 1982, 141 (illus.), 272.. no. 108
George Isarlov (Author), Georges Braque, Paris, 1932, 17. no. 109
Maurice Raynal (Editor), Georges Braque, Rome, 1924, 24 (illus.).
Braque still lifes and interiors, Walker Art Gallery, 07 Sep 1990–21 Oct 1990.
Braque still lifes and interiors, City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, 27 Oct 1990–09 Dec 1990.
Agnew's 175th anniversary, Agnew's, London, 09 Jun 1992–24 Jul 1992.
Paths to Abstraction 1867 to 1917, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 26 Jun 2010–19 Sep 2010.