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This print was commissioned by the art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler along with a work of the same size by Braque’s friend and collaborator Pablo Picasso. Both men produced tabletop still-lifes in the analytical Cubist style, while summering together in the French Pyrenees. Kahnweiler described the atmosphere in these early days of modernism as full of “euphoria, youth and enthusiasm.” The playfulness of the period is reflected in the choice of subject matter with the word “FOX” referencing an English-style bar frequented by Cubist artists and writers, an “Old Tom” gin bottle, an ace of hearts playing card, and numbers suggesting gambling.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes Picasso’s companion print Still Life with Bottle of Marc (Eskenazi Museum of Art 74.58).

Georges Braque
French, 1882–1963
1911 (published 1912)
Drypoint on paper
Image/plate: 21 9/16 x 15 in. (54.7 x 38.0 cm); sheet: 25 7/8 x 19 15/16” (65.7 x 50. 6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.101.1

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