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Fox, 1911-1912

Georges Braque
French, 1882 - 1963
etching and drypoint on laid paper
Printed by Eugène Delâtre
65.4 x 50.6 cm; plate: 54.5 x 38 cm
Purchased 1973
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17356)

Fox was the name of an English bar in Paris frequented by Guillaume Appollinaire's circle
Georges Braque, one of the fathers of Cubism, was preoccupied by the rendering of volumes on a two-dimensional surface. From 1910, the artist strove increasingly to fragment, to break apart the objects depicted. Thus in "Fox", a network of vertical and horizontal lines organizes the space into a pyramidal composition. Braque habitually integrated banal objects - a leitmotif of Cubism - into his works. In this case, the assemblage of numbers and symbols recalls the iconography of cafés: the Fox was in fact the usual meeting place of Guillaume Apollinaire and his circle.


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