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Artist and Model

Artist and Model, 1939

Georges Braque
French, 1882-1963
Oil and sand on canvas
51-1/8 x 70-7/8 in. (129.9 x 180 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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In the late 1930s, Braque’s focus turned from still life to interior scenes, culminating in a series of ambitious compositions representing artists at work in their studios. Here a nude model, her body sliced in two by shadow, poses for a painter silhouetted against the curtain. He smokes a cigarette and examines his handiwork—a picture within the picture. Unlike his contemporaries Picasso and Matisse, Braque abandoned study after the live model early in his career. This studio tableau is, therefore, an imaginary scene unrelated to its author’s contemporary practice. The goateed painter depicted bears no physical resemblance to Braque.

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