Braque, Georges, Nature Morte, 1950
Signed Georges Braque, Collotype, Nature Morte, 1950
|Artist:||Braque, Georges (1882 - 1963), After|
|Title:||Nature Morte, 1950|
Original color collotype with stencil in colors
|Image Size:||13 3/4 x 25 3/4in (39.4cm x 65.4cm)|
|Sheet Size:||17 5/8 x 29 1/8in (44.8cm x 74.2cm)|
|Framed Size:||40 1/4 in x 29 7/8 in (102.2 cm x 75.9 cm)|
|Signed:||Hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin; signed in the stone in the lower right of the image in brown.|
|Edition:||Numbered 62/150 in the lower left margin with the Spitzer blindstamp in the lower left of the image.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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|Utilizing fluid lines and earthy tones of browns, yellows, and greens, Braque
replaces the cubist formality of his early compositions with an organic quality
that would come to characterize the artist's later works. The composition is well-balanced,
with a large teapot on the left and three, ripe fruits to the right. The teapot,
though man-made, retains a natural element, for its shape resembles those of the
plump fruit next to it. Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) provides a distinct foreground and background,
including the table upon which the fruit rests as part of the overall composition,
and offers the viewer a raised vantage point, as though the viewer is gazing down
upon the teapot and fruit.|
Published by Guy Spitzer in c. 1950, this color collotype is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right and signed in the stone in brown in the lower left of the image. This work is numbered 62/150 in pencil in the lower left margin.
|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.