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Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940-1963 exhibition records

Identifier: IR-CUR-012

Scope and Contents

As stated by Robert Cafritz in the introduction to the exhibition's catalogue, “Braque blended an essentially Cubist approach to the internal organization of a painting with the classical values of the great French still life tradition. It is the modernization and enrichment of this great French tradition, at the hands of its most devoted, thoughtful, and brilliant twentieth century exponent, which is the supreme achievement of the late work. In organizing Georges Braque: The Late Paintings, we have been motivated by a desire to contemplate Braque's accomplishment in the area of monumental still life, this time within the context of his overall achievement."

This exhibition opened at The Phillips Collection October 9, continuing through December 12, 1982, followed by The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, January 1 through March 15, 1983; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, April 14 through June 14, 1983; and finally The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, July 7 through September 14, 1983.

Records in this collection were created and collected by curatorial staff of The Phillips Collection.

The collection consists of the research, catalogue, and exhibition planning files of The Phillips Collection. Materials include assembled research as well as catalogue, exhibition planning, and execution documents such as checklists, correspondence, legal and financial records, loan requests and responses, publicity, publishing, reviews, schedules, and sponsorship files.


  • 1920s
  • 1951 - 1984
  • Usage: The material in this collection were used in preparation for the 1982 exhibition.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection includes restricted material.

Biographical / Historical

This exhibition provided a survey (the first such survey presented in the United States) of the scope of Georges Braque's painterly achievement during the last 25 years of his life. The exhibition was also an homage to this great French master on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 full legal boxes)

Language of Materials



Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940-1963 exhibition records contain materials created by the Curatorial Department of The Phillips Collection, during the course of organizing the exhibition. Included are research, catalogue and exhibition planning records.


The collection is organized as three series: Series 1: Research Series 2: Catalogue Series 3: Exhibition Planning

The Research Series was divided into two sub-series, General Research and Object Research. The curators' original alphabetical arrangement of both the General Research sub-series and the Object Research sub-series was retained. Documents within all folders were arranged chronologically. The Research Series is comprised of part of one document box.

The original alphabetical arrangement of the Catalogue and Exhibition Planning Series was retained. The Exhibition Planning Series was divided into two sub-series, General Planning and Lender Files; granted requests appear first, followed by those not granted. Documents within all folders have been arranged chronologically. The Catalogue Series is comprised of parts of two document boxes; the Exhibition Planning Series is comprised of 3 and one-half document boxes.

Custodial History

This collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curators' offices in accordance with the museum's records schedule.

Processing Information

After an initial survey of the collection, some duplicate materials were identified and a number of documents were identified as of no future reference value for the collection. In discussion between the librarian and the processor, approval was given to weed these documents. Boxes and folders containing restricted materials were marked with a red dot (see note above regarding "Restrictions"). Metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Adhesive Post-it® notes were copied if necessary, otherwise removed. All documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders and placed in acid-free boxes.

Please note that accents were omitted from French words to promote ease of searching.

Georges Braque: The Late Paintings 1940-1963 exhibition records, 1920-1984
The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
Valerie Vanden Bossche, Volunteer, supervised by Karen Schneider, Librarian
October 25 - December 6, 2010
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Processed By: Valerie Vanden Bossche, Volunteer, supervised by Karen Schneider, Librarian Cataloged By: Sarah Osborne Bender, Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian

Repository Details

Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository

1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States