Braque, Georges, Bouquet de fleurs à l'aquarelle, c. 1960
Signed Georges Braque, Lithograph, Bouquet de fleurs à l'aquarelle, c. 1960
|Artist:||Braque, Georges (1882 - 1963)|
|Title:||Bouquet de fleurs à l'aquarelle, c. 1960|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||15 3/5 in x 12 in (39.5 cm x 30.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||25 2/5 in x 19 7/10 in (64.5 cm x 50 cm)|
|Framed Size:||32 in x 28 in (81.3 cm x 71.1 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand signed by George Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin; also signed in the stone in black in the lower right of the image.|
|Edition:||Numbered 144/300 in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||This piece is in excellent condition, with brilliant, bold colors.|
Employing line and color, Braque creates a poetic image that conveys a sense of organic energy. A break from his early cubist style, the artist offers a free exploration of form.
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Employing line and color, Braque creates a poetic image that conveys a sense of organic energy. A break from his early cubist style, the artist offers a free exploration of form. The vigor with which Braque toiled over the years to achieve a whimsical aesthetic is evidenced in this work, which stands as a dramatic realization of his mature artistic ideals. Though a vase of flowers has its place in the tradition of still life, Braque's frenzied line conspires with intense applications of cobalt and azure, throwing off the chains of artistic convention. The result is an exciting, frenetic composition that energizes the viewer.
This work is hand-signed by the Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin and is also signed in the stone in black in the lower right of the image. This piece is numbered 144/300 in pencil in the lower left margin and published by Maeght in Paris and is catalogue as Maeght 1025.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Vallier, Dora. Braque The Complete Graphics. New York: Gallery Books, 1982. Listed on page 294 as plate 1025.
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.