Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
Cut and pasted papers (newsprint, block-printed or stenciled decorative paper, and faux bois), with charcoal and graphite, Unframed: 71.80 x 51.80 cm (28 1/4 x 20 3/8 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1968.196
Music played a profound role in Braque’s life. He played the flute and later the accordion, admired the chamber music of J. S. Bach, and enjoyed close friendships with composers Eric Satie and Georges Auric. It was Braque who introduced the themes of the musician and musical instrument into the Cubist repertoire. Many of Braque’s works, particularly his collages made between 1908 and 1914, depicted instruments from his own collection. Late in life, he explained the presence of music in his oeuvre: "I painted many musical instruments at this time . . . because I was surrounded by them . . . and because as objects they are special in that they come to life when you touch them."