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Glass of absinthe



Georges Braque


13 May 1882 – 31 Aug 1963

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Glass of absinth
    Absinthe glass
    Alternative title
    Le Verre d'Absinthe
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    37.0 x 28.7 cm stretcher; 54.0 x 45.7 x 4.9 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed c. verso canvas, oil "Braque". Not dated.

    Purchased 1997
    South Building, ground level, 20th-century galleries
    Accession number
    © Estate of Georges Braque/ADAGP. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Georges Braque

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Cubism reached the brink of abstraction in 1911, when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso painted together. Their work became virtually indistinguishable and neither artist signed or dated his canvases on the front, as Braque explained: ‘In the early days of cubism, Pablo Picasso and I were engaged in what we felt was a search for the anonymous personality. We were inclined to efface our personalities in order to find originality.’

    Images were pared down to a visual syntax that appeared to be quite independent of any subject – with minimal adjustment a still life could become a figure, or a landscape a still life. Although certain elements are recognisable in this painting, such as the glass, spoon strainer and grapes, others remain ungraspable.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 12 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

    Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 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

    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.

    T Catesby Jones, 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.

    Mrs Richard Riley, 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.

    Christie's New York, 10 May 1989, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by Agnew's from Christie's New York, 10 May 1989, lot no. 61.

    Agnew's, London, 10 May 1989-Oct 1997, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Agnew's 1997.

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