22 March 2013

I wonder which one of these paintings is worth more?

You would be forgiven if you had thought, like me, that the two paintings below were painted by the same artist. Even more so if the paintings were displayed next to one another. As they are, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. But they're not by the same artist.

The painting on the left is Man with a Guitar by Georges Braque. On the right is Ma Jolie by Pablo Picasso. And there's a good reason they look very similar--Braque and Picasso worked together during this time to develop what became known as Analytic Cubism. MoMA notes that "Braque and Picasso's collaboration was so close when they developed Analytic Cubism that Braque later compared them to two mountaineers, bound together. In order to remove the mystique of the maker from their paintings, they both habitually signed the back of their works instead of the front."

For what it's worth, I have no idea what the value of either painting is, but I would guess the Picasso is worth much more.
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