Fruit Dish and Fruit Basket (Primary Title)
(Compotier et Panier de Fruits) (Translation)

Georges Braque, French, 1882 - 1963 (Artist)

oil and sand on canvas
Unframed: 19 1/4 × 35 1/4 in. (48.9 × 89.54 cm)
Framed: 32 1/16 × 48 3/8 × 2 1/4 in. (81.44 × 122.87 × 5.72 cm)
Braque, along with Picasso, was one of the earliest proponents of Cubism, a movement that had a significant effect on the course of 20th-century art. After seeing Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907, Braque began steadily pushing the limits of abstraction in his own painting. In the 1920s the artist’s work became more decorous, as seen in this stylized depiction of fruit.
Signed and dated lower right: "G. Braque 28"
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019-2021: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, April 4, 2020 - January 10, 2021

2018: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, Kemper Museum, St. Louis, Jan. 25-April 21, 2013; Phillips Collection, June 8-Sept. 15, 2013

Georges Braque Exhibition, Japan: Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Art, July 14-Aug. 9, 1988; Fukuoka, Fukuoka Municipal Art Museum, Aug. 13-Sep. 18, 1988; Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecural Museum of Art, Sept. 23-Oct. 27, 1988; Yokohoma, Sogo Museum, Nov. 16-Dec. 11, 1988

French Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, VMFA, April 4, 1967-June 5, 1968

Georges Braque, Cleveland Museum of Art, Jan. 26-March 13, 1949; Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 19-June 12, 1949

Georges Braque, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, DC, Dec. 1939-Jan. 1940

Art in Our Time, Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 11-Oct. 31, 1939

Exhibition of Modern French Paintings, Detroit Institute of Arts, May 22-June 30, 1931
©artist or artist’s estate

Curator’s Talk: The Reinstallation of the Mellon Collection

The collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts given by Paul and Rachel Mellon constitute an essential facet of the museum’s identity. Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, discusses the reinstallation of the Mellon Collection.

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