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Le Bougeoir [The Candlestick]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Le Bougeoir [The Candlestick] 1911

On Display Modern One

This is a very early example of one of Braque's paintings that includes lettering. The purpose of this lettering was to question the relationship between words, pictures and the objects they represent. Here, the lettering identifies the French-Catalan newspaper L'Indépendant, while the numbers refer to its price. Towards the top of the picture is a candle, which helps identify the shape below as a candlestick. A simple clay pipe- the kind Braque smoked - lies to the centre right, and below it are a bobbin and a pair of scissors.


  • Acc. No. GMA 1561
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 46.20 x 38.20 cm (framed: 70.00 x 62.00 x 7.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1976