Georges Braque (1882-1963) was a French painter and sculptor who moved to Paris to study art in 1900. Eight years later, Braque began a working relationship with Pablo Picasso, and the pair developed the art movement known as 'Cubism'.
Hemingway was clearly one of Braque's admirers, buying one of his still-life works during his time in Paris: 'In her memoirs, Mary Welsh Hemingway, writing of her trip to Cuba to collect Hemingway's manuscripts, relates her dismay at discovering the theft of one of their favorite paintings, Georges Braque's Still Life with Wine Jug. Upon entering the Finca Vigia, she realized that "One of our treasures was missing. In his early days in Paris Ernest had bought a Braque still-life, one of a series of mostly tan, brown and black paintings, showing a covered table, a scrap of newspaper, some dice and a wine jug. Sorting papers in Ernest's study adjoining the bedroom, I suddenly noticed the vacancy on the wall. it had always stood, unframed, on top of the bookcases behind his desk" (505)'.