Braque, Georges, Untitled (Fleur Tombe), 1962
Georges Braque, Drawing Watercolor, Untitled (Fleur Tombe), 1962
|Artist:||Braque, Georges (1882 - 1963)|
|Title:||Untitled (Fleur Tombe), 1962|
Watercolor drawing on title page of "Braque Le goût de notre temps" by Albert Skira
|Image Size:||7 in x 6 1/4 in (17.8 cm x 15.9 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||7 in x 6 1/4 in (17.8 cm x 15.9 cm)|
|Edition:||A unique original watercolor drawing, this work is dedicated "Pour Louis Broder, Le 22 Mars 1962" in black pen on the left of the page.|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition.|
A unique original watercolor drawing by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, 1882- Paris,1963) illuminates the title page of "Braque Le goût de notre temps" by Albert Skira. A beautiful rich blue highlights strong, confident, strokes that create the illusion of a flower with falling petals. Adding to the rarity is a hand written dedication to the publisher of many graphic works, Louis Broder.
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The rich blue color bursts from the page, overtaking the black lettering and white background. Drawn onto a page from the book "Braque Le goût de notre temps" by Albert Skira this hand applied watercolor is striking. In several strong stokes, a flower is presented with its blue petals seeming to float down the page until almost reaching the bottom. Caught in between the flower and falling petals is the black hand-written dedication that reads, "Pour Louis Broder, Le 22 Mars 1962."
Louis Broder was an art publisher and collaborator to many of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He commissioned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Art, Jacques Villon, Andre Masson, and of course Georges Braque to create interpretations of literary works, poems, or conceptual ideas through a variety of mediums.
Dated to March 22, 1965, this unique original watercolor drawing by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, 1882- Paris, 1963) is featured in the book "Braque Le goût de notre temps" by Albert Skira with text by Jean Leymarie, published by editions d'Art Albert Skira, 1961.There is a hand written dedication in ink, in the upper left that reads, "Pour Louis Broder Le 22 Mars 1962."
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|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.