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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.
PRINTER Delâtre, Paris
MEDIUM Drypoint on laid paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1911
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    MARKINGS Watermarks: "Arches"
    INSCRIPTIONS 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.
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    EDITION Edition: 8/100
    IMAGE overall, 36.59_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963). <em>Fox</em>, 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)