Etching and drypoint
plate, 21 1/2 x 14 15/16in (54.6 x 37.9cm)
Gift of the Friends of the McNay
The Fox-- the word figures prominently in this print-- was a bar near the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris that the poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his Cubist painter friends frequented. Other words and elements in the print give a sense of what a visit to the bar would have been like. The words "GIN" and "Old Tom" refer to a now nearly forgotten brand of English gin. This reflects the fact that the Fox was an English-style pub. Rough patches of lines suggest the rough and worn surfaces of old bar tables; playing cards, notably the ace of hearts, are scattered on their surfaces.
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris
Georges Braque (French, b.1882, d.1963)