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Georges Braque
1882 - 1963
LES ŒUFS DANS LA POÊLE
signed G Braque (lower right)
oil on canvas
38.4 by 78cm., 15 1/8 by 30 3/4 in.
Painted in 1941.
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Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1946)
Private Collection, Switzerland (by descent from the above)
Private Collection, Germany (acquired by 1992; sale: Sotheby's, London, 25th June 1997, lot 212)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Bern, Kunsthalle, Ecole de Paris, 1946, no. 41
Bern, Kunsthalle, Europäische Kunst aus Berner Privatbesitz, 1953, no. 14, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Schweiz Suisse Svizzera Switzerland, April 1953, no. 4, illustrated p. 18
Maeght Editeur (ed.), Catalogue de l'œuvre de Georges Braque, Peintures 1936-1941, Paris, 1961, n.n., illustrated p. 89

Catalogue Note

Les Œufs dans la poêle was painted in 1941, shortly after the German occupation of France. From Autumn 1940 until the Liberation of Paris, Braque lived a reclusive life in his studio. This, inevitably, was a period of shortages and deprivation during which Braque, through his art, brought out the precious, even treasured quality of day to day food products, which become objects of almost philosophical contemplation during his work of the period. Jean Leymarie considered that: 'during the war Braque concentrated with great force and simplicity on the tutelary virtues of objects' (Jean Leymarie, Georges Braque, Munich, 1988, n.p.).

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