The Rolf de Maré Collection
Rolf de Maré (1888-1964), the creator and artistic director of the Ballets Suèdois, was introduced to the French art scene by his close friend, the artist Nils Dardel. Dardel was a personal friend of artists such as Fernand Léger and George Braque, and also with the art dealers Alfred Flechtheim and Wilhelm Udhe. Over the years, Rolf de Maré built a valuable collection of modern art, especially cubist works, with Dardel as his advisor and buyer. In 1950, Rolf de Maré donated Pablo Picasso’s Mandolin Player to Moderna Museet. In 1966, he bequeathed further works to the Museum, including Marie Laurencin’s Les Jeunes Filles (1912), which was the first work Dardel acquired on Maré’s behalf, followed by George Braque’s Still-Life with Fruit Bowl (1909) and Fernand Léger’s Staircase. The donation also included works by Rolf de Maré’s mother, Ellen Roosval (née von Hallwyl).
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© Georges Braque/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
On View:Stockholm
Georges Braque
1882 - 1963
France Nature morte au violon, 1911
Stilleben med fiol
Still Life with Violin
Oil on canvas
Bildmått: 54 × 65 cm Yttermått: 70 × 80,5 × 5 cm
Donation 1966 enligt testamente från Rolf de Maré
NM 5986 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
After being influenced by the major memorial exhibition of Paul Cézanne in Paris in 1907, Georges Braque gave up his rich, fauvist palette for more subdued hues to emphasise form rather than colour. In 1908, Braque and Pablo Picasso embarked on a close artistic dialogue that soon gave rise to what is known as analytical cubism. Here it has reached its mature form. The motif fills the entire canvas; the objects on the table spread to the extent that it is hard to envision the physical space they exist in. This is exactly what Braque was after. In this way, he dissolves the perspective that he claimed was false in relation to reality. The still life became a popular theme among cubists, as it is based on familiar and ordinary things that could be made abstract.
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