- Georges Braque
- 款識：畫家簽名 G. Braque（左下）；簽名 G. Braque（背面）
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above. Sold: Christie’s, London, 29th June 2000, lot 319)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Georges Braque, 1968, no. 30, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
In the present work the various fruits and furnishings are not deconstructed and analysed as specimens as they might have been during Braque’s Cubist period, rather they are treated solely as elements of the overall composition. As Braque noted: ‘Without having striven for it, I do in fact end by changing the meaning of objects and giving them a pictorial significance which is adequate to their new life. When I paint a vase, it is not with the intention of creating a utensil capable of holding water. It is for quite another reason. Objects are recreated for a new purpose: in this case, that of playing a part in a picture. Once an object has been integrated into a picture, it accepts a new density and at the same time becomes universal. If it remains an individual object this must be due to lack of improvisation or imagination. As they give up their habitual function, so objects become united by the relationships which sprung up between them and the picture and ultimately myself!’ (quoted in Douglas Cooper, Braque, The Great Years, Chicago, 1972, p. 111).