Artist and Model
Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
On View

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.


  • Artist Name: Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
  • Title: Artist and Model
  • Date: 1939
  • Medium: Oil and sand on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51-1/8 x 70-7/8 in. (129.9 x 180 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1976.05.P
  • Copyright: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Object Information

The artist, commissioned in 1937 by;
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., received 1939, sold 6 February 1976 to;
[M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York, stock no. A 10200, sold 6 April 1976 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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Additional Artwork by Artist

Pitcher, Score, Fruits and Napkin Georges Braque 1926
Still Life with Musical Instruments Georges Braque 1918

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