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Landscape with houses

Winter 1908-1909


Georges Braque


13 May 1882 – 31 Aug 1963

Alternate image of Landscape with houses by Georges Braque
Alternate image of Landscape with houses by Georges Braque
  • Details

    Other Title
    House and trees
    Alternative title
    Paysage de La Roche-Guyon Paysage avec maison Maisons. La Roche-Guyon
    Place where the work was made
    L'Estaque France
    Winter 1908-1909
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    65.5 x 54.0 cm stretcher; 88.3 x 76.3 x 4.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. verso canvas, black oil "G Braque". Not dated.

    Purchased 1980
    Accession number
    © Estate of Georges Braque/ADAGP. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Georges Braque

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  • About

    This landscape by the co-founder of cubism was painted in a region of France frequented by Cezanne: coastal L'Estaque. Not unnaturally, Braque's faceted brush-work resembles Cezanne's, while at the same time hinting at the fragmented system of application he was destined to perfect with Picasso. Though it had its genesis in landscape - Braque at La Roche-Guyon, Picasso at La Horta - the cubist method found its purest expression in still life. This painting has elements of that genre, from the object-like character of the houses and tree, to their flattening thrust into the plane of the picture. Braque's shifting of forms in space, indeed his shifting of space itself, announce the fourth dimension of cubism. The landscape is understood almost exclusively in spatial terms, though not without a dramatic connotation specific to the early days of the movement. 'Landscape with houses' has a rawness that would convert to refinement within the year. The palette of browns, greens and unemphatic blues is already, at this date, quintessentially cubist.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 12 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 24 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Edwin Suermondt, Aachen/Germany

    Perls Galleries, New York, New York/New York/United States of America, stock number 5031. Perls Galleries records are now in collection of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

    Fine Arts Associates, New York/New York/United States of America, dates unknown, sold to Mrs George Staempfli. Fine Arts Associates business records, now in the collection of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., contain an undated sales record 'Paintings by Georges Braque sold by Fine Arts Associates, New York' page 3, listing the painting as sold to Mrs George Staempfli. Reel 4051 Otto and Ilse Gerson Papers, 6. Business records, a. Miscellaneous purchase and sales records.

    George W. and Emily Staempfli, circa 1960-circa 1968, New York/New York/United States of America, by 1960, listed in 'Cubism and Twentieth Century Art' by Robert Rosenblum 1960 as collection of Mr and Mrs George W Staempfli. Lent in 1968 to the exhibition 'Summer loan exhibition including the McIlhenny and Staempfli Collections' at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Thomas Gibson Fine Art, pre 1977, London/England, Purchased by Galerie Beyeler from Thomas Gibson Fine Art 1977.

    Galerie Beyeler, 1977-25 Jan 1980, Basel/Switzerland, Purchased by the AGNSW from Galerie Beyeler 1980. Galerie Beyeler stock no. 8814.

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