Braque, Georges, Les Étoiles (Stars)
Signed Georges Braque, Lithograph, Les Étoiles (Stars)
|Artist:||Braque, Georges (1882 - 1963)|
|Title:||Les Étoiles (Stars)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||12 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in (32 cm x 36 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||18 1/4 in x 24 in (60.96 cm x 46.4 cm)|
|Framed Size:||40 3/8 in x 34 1/4 in (102.6 cm x 87 cm)|
|Signed:||Signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right hand side of the work with the Maeght, Paris publisher's blindstamp in the lower left corner.|
|Edition:||Numbered 79/300 in the lower left hand side of the work.|
|Condition:||This work is in great condition, with bold and bright colors.|
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| Evoking a sense of tranquil serenity, a delicate bird soars effortlessly at
the center of the composition, frozen in flight. In the background, a dark starry
sky emerges, with playful child-like star shapes and washes of blue on tan.
Composed with a central figure surrounded by abstracted imagery, this work is
full of strong contrast with a deeply saturated background and lightly colored
center image, causing the bird to pop out as the central focal point of this
Created in 1959, this work was published by Maeght, Paris with the publisher's blindstamp appears in the lower left corner. This work is signed by the Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in the lower right and numbered 79/300 in the lower left in pencil.
About the Framing:
|Style:||Picasso Cubism, Cubist 20th Century French Modern Master|
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Biography of Georges Braque
Georges Braque was born on May 13, 1882, in Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France. He grew up in Le Havre and studied evenings at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts there from about 1897 to 1899. He left for Paris to study under a master decorator to receive his craftsman certificate in 1901. From 1902 to 1904, he painted at the Académie Humbert in Paris, where he met Marie Laurencin and Francis Picabia. By 1906, Braque's work was no longer Impressionist but Fauve in style; after spending that summer in Antwerp with Othon Friesz, he showed his Fauve work the following year in the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. His first solo show was at Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler's gallery in 1908. From 1909, Pablo Picasso and Braque worked together in developing Cubism; by 1911, their styles were extremely similar. In 1912, they started to incorporate collage elements into their paintings and to experiment with the papier collé (pasted paper) technique. Their artistic collaboration lasted until 1914. Braque served in the French army during World War I and was wounded; upon his recovery in 1917, he began a close friendship with Juan Gris.
After World War I, Braque's work became freer and less schematic. His fame grew in 1922 as a result of an exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in Paris. In the mid-1920s, Braque designed the decor for two Sergei Diaghilev ballets. By the end of the decade, he had returned to a more realistic interpretation of nature, although certain aspects of Braque's Cubism always remained present in his work. In 1931, Braque made his first engraved plasters and began to portray mythological subjects. His first important retrospective took place in 1933 at the Kunsthalle Basel. He won First Prize at the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, in 1937.
During World War II, Braque remained in Paris. His paintings at that time, primarily still lifes and interiors, became more somber. In addition to paintings, he also made Braque etchings, lithographs, engravings, prints and sculpture. From the late 1940s, he treated various recurring themes, such as birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes. In 1954, he designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville. During the last few years of his life, Braque's ill health prevented him from undertaking further large-scale commissions, but he continued to paint, make lithographs, and design jewelry. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris.