- 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
- 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
- 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
- Accession number
- © Estate of Georges Braque/ADAGP. Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Cubism was created by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso around 1907–08, working first along parallel lines and later in close collaboration. The two artists overturned the conventions of illusionist representation, such as single-point perspective, to create startlingly original images.
In the winter of 1908–09, Picasso was painting his Cézannesque landscapes in northern France, while Braque was producing similar works at L’Estaque in the south. Historians of modern art regard these paintings as a watershed. Features of the cubist style came together for the first time: limited colour, a relatively even tonality, shaded facet-planes, linear scaffolding and intricately patterned brushwork that resembles Cézanne’s technique. Here, Braque turned a simple motif – a country house seen over a bushy slope – into a curious play of ambiguities.
Shown in 13 exhibitions
Georges Braque, an American tribute, Saidenberg Gallery, New York, 07 Apr 1964–02 May 1964
The years of ferment: the birth of twentieth centry art 1886-1914, University of California Art Galleries, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 24 Jan 1965–07 Mar 1965
The years of ferment: the birth of twentieth centry art 1886-1914, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, 28 Mar 1965–16 May 1965
The years of ferment: the birth of twentieth centry art 1886-1914, Cleveland Museum of Art, United States of America, 13 Jul 1965–22 Aug 1965
The heroic years: Paris 1908-1914, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States of America, 20 Oct 1965–08 Dec 1965
Summer loan exhibition: Paintings, drawings and sculpture from private collections, 1966, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 08 Jul 1966–31 Aug 1966
Summer loan exhibition including the McIlhenny and Staempfli collections, Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States of America, May 1968–15 Sep 1968
Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981
Picasso and Braque: pioneering cubism, The Museum of Modern Art, United States of America, 24 Sep 1989–16 Jan 1990
Picasso and Braque: die Gebürt des Kubismus, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, 25 Feb 1990–04 Jun 1990
Georges Braque et le paysage: de l'Estaque à Varengeville 1906-1963, Musee Cantini, Marseille, 01 Jul 2006–01 Oct 2006
Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jun 2010–19 Sep 2010
Matisse and the moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Apr 2015–25 Oct 2015
Modernists: selections from the European collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–25 Apr 2016
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Ground Level), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023
Referenced in 24 publications
Felix A. Baumann, Walter Feilchenfeldt and Hubertus Gassner (Editors), Cezanne and the dawn of modern art, Ostfildern, 2004, (illus.). this work is not in this exhibition but is referred to in the catalogue
Yve-Alain Bois, Picasso and Braque a symposium, 'The Semiology of Cubism', pg. 169-208, New York, 1992, 184 (illus.). pl. 12. Symposium held at MOMA 10-13 Nov. 1989 in conjunction with the exhibition 'Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism'
Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 91 (colour illus.).
Nicole Worms de Romilly and Jean Laude, Braque: cubism 1907-1914, Paris, 1982, 85 (illus.). cat.no. 33
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Sydney, 1988, 50 (illus.), 51.
Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 145 (colour illus.).
Renee Free, Art and Australia, 'European Acquisitions: 1972-83', pg. 63-67, Sydney, Spring 1984, 66, 67 (illus.).
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales collection series 4, 'Georges Braque 1882-1963. Houses and trees. 1909', pg. 5-8, Sydney, Winter 1983, 5 (illus.).
Renée Free, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'European Art', pg. 27-36, Sydney, 1981, 31 (colour illus.). cat.no. 2
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 53 (colour illus.).
Martha Kapos (Editor), The Post-Impressionists: a retrospective, 'Introduction', pg. 29-34, Connecticut, 1993, 29 (illus.).
Susan Lee (Editor), Art investigator, 'New Visions - Cubism', pg. 182-83, Melbourne, 1998, 182 (colour illus.).
Terence Maloon, Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, 214 (colour illus.).
Rodney Milgate, Art and Australia (Vol. 18, No. 2), 'Artists Choice No. 6: Georges Braque', pg.150-151, Sydney, Summer 1980, 150, 151 (colour illus.).
Musee Cantini, Georges Braque et le paysage: de l'Estaque à Varengeville 1906-1963, Paris, 2006, 129 (colour illus.). cat.no.20
John Richardson (Editor), Georges Braque, an American tribute, New York, 1964.
Robert Rosenblum, Cubism and twentieth century art, London, circa 1960, 42 (illus.). as 'View of La Roche-Guyon' 1909
William Rubin, Picasso and Braque: pioneering cubism, New York, 1989, 112 (colour illus.).
Sotheby's New York, Sotheby's New York: the eye of a collector, works from the collection of Stanley J. Seeger, New York, May 2001, 99 (colour illus.). illustrated in reference to cat.no. 26 'La Maison. La Roche-Guyon'
Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'Close-ups of the Collection', pg. 6, Heidelberg, Feb 1997, 3 (colour illus.), 6.
Alfred Werner, Raoul Dufy, New York, 1970, 23 (illus.). fig.no. 19, as 'View of La Roche-Guyon' collection Mr & Mrs George W. Staempfli, N.Y.
Drew Westen, Psychology: mind, brain & culture, Queensland, 1999, 132 (colour illus.).
Donald Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson, From caves to canvas: an introduction to western art (Second edition), 'De-Construct and Re-Construct: Cubism and its followers', pg.240-250, Sydney, 1998, 243 (colour illus.).
Donald Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson, From caves to canvas: an introduction to western art, 'De-Construct and Re-Construct: Cubism and its followers', pg.216-224, Sydney, 1992, 219 (colour illus.).
The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact email@example.com
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.