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Artist: Georges Braque, French, 1882–1963

Le poêle (The Stove)


Oil on canvas

145.7 × 88.3 cm (57 3/8 × 34 3/4 in.)
framed: 173.4 × 116.5 × 7.6 cm (68 1/4 × 45 7/8 × 3 in.)
Gift of Paul Rosenberg and Company in Memory of Paul Rosenberg

Georges Braque was one of the major twentieth century European artists whose career spanned several decades and embraced some of the major modern art movements, notably Fauvism and Cubism. He developed Cubism together with Pablo Picasso in the first quarter of the twentieth century, experimenting with fragmentation and multiple perspectives. Braque returned to a more figurative approach in his work in the following decades. He concentrated on interior scenes and ordinary objects by giving them a monumental presence. Le poêle (The Stove), which Braque painted during the German occupation of France during World War II, shows random household items— a waste paper basket, a bucket of coal, a table, and a stove—in his studio in Paris. The intimate scene also includes a palette on the table, as if left there by the artist. The stove—which also gives its name to the painting—seems to fill the room with heat and light, which are implied by the warm yellow and ocher color used in the background.

On view
20th century

Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York (bought from the artist in 1952). (Letter from P. Rosenberg & Co., October 15, 1964.)


Cahiers d’Art 15–19 (1944): 103, ill.

Jean Paulhan, Braque le patron (Geneva: Éditions des Trois Collines, 1946), 161, ill.

Slanislas Fumet, Braque (New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1946), fig. 11.

Maurice Gieure, G. Braque (Paris: Éditions Pierre Tisné, 1956), 76, 119, fig. 111.

Janet Flanner, Men and Monuments (New York: Harper, 1957), 163.

Catalogue de l’oeuvre, peintures 1942–47 (Paris: Aimé Maeght, 1960), fig. 6.

“Accessions of American and Canadian Museums,” Art Quarterly 24 (Spring 1961): 114, ill.

“Recent Gifts and Purchases,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 26, nos. 2–3 (December 1961): 32, 48, ill.

Jean Leymarie, ed., Georges Braque, exh. cat. (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1988), no. 60, ill.

Georges Braque: 1882–1963 , exh. cat. (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2013), 194, 314, no. 168, ill.

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