Braque, Georges, Lithograph from Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), 1960
Signed Georges Braque, Lithograph, Lithograph from Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), 1960
|Artist:||Braque, Georges (1882 - 1963)|
|Title:||Lithograph from Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), 1960|
Original Color Lithograph on Chine Colle
|Image Size:||8 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in (21.9 cm x 15.6 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||15 in x 11 in (38.1 cm x 27.9 cm)|
|Framed Size:||32 1/2 in x 28 1/2 in (82.6 cm x 72.4 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left margin; printed on Chine Colle by Desjobert and published by Louis Broder, Paris.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition.|
This curious image combines two of Braque's favorite subjects (birds and geometric imagery) in an unusual way, as we witness white square "birds" flitting across a blue sky. Aptly entitled Le tir a l'arc (the Archery), we feel placed in the role of the archer, pinpointing these abstract forms as our targets.
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| This abstract piece toys with repetitive motifs that vary ever so slightly.
Four white, rectangular figures arranged in a square formation appear as geometrically
altered birds. They fly amidst a soft blue background consisting of perpendicular
strokes that relay a textured effect. Grey, shadowlike figures rest immediately
behind each white form, providing a striking yet subtle color contrast. Based
on the title Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), the viewer may surmise that
these abstract figures are indeed birds flitting through the sky, serving as
targets for the archers nearby.
Created in 1960, this original color lithograph is from the illustrated book Le tir à l'arc. This work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Louis Broder, Paris and printed on chine colle.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Vallier, Dora, Braque: The Complete Graphics, 1982. Listed and discussed on pg. 219, illustrated on pg. 221.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
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.