At the time that he made this print, Georges Braque, along with Pablo Picasso, was experimenting with a radical new visual language of fragmented forms and nonperspectival space that would come to be known as Cubism. For this etching, commissioned by the art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Braque used the drypoint technique to create a field of bold, short lines and crosshatched texture in which the objects of a still life may be discerned. “FOX” denotes the name of a bar that Braque and his fellow artists patronized, and the words “Old Tom Gin” refer to the bottle of liquor resting on a table at the lower right. Also recognizable are a playing card with a heart, and a number—perhaps a coin denomination—suggesting the café culture of early twentieth-century Paris that was so often a motif in Braque’s still lifes.
Drypoint on laid paper
image: 21 1/2 x 14 7/8 in. (54.6 x 37.8 cm)
sheet: 25 13/16 × 20 in. (65.6 × 50.8 cm) (show scale)
Upper right in plate: "FOX"; lower left in graphite: "8"; lower right in graphite: "G Braque"
French customs stamp on reverse side in purple ink.
A. Augustus Healy Fund
This item is not on view
Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963). Fox, 1911. Drypoint on laid paper, image: 21 1/2 x 14 7/8 in. (54.6 x 37.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 36.59. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.59_PS2.jpg)
overall, 36.59_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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