Georges Braque, Hommage à J.S. Bach, c. 1950s

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Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title: Hommage à J.S. Bach, c. 1950s
Reference: Maeght 1019
Medium: Etching and aquatint in colors on Rives BFK paper
Image Size: 23 in x 17 1/4 in (59 cm x 44 cm)
Sheet Size: 30 in x 22 in (27.5 cm x 55.9 cm)
Framed Size: 39 5/8 in x 34 in (100.6 cm x 86.4 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left corner; published by Maeght, Paris.
Signature: This work is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right corner.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
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Georges Braque Hommage à J.S. Bach, c. 1950s is a masterpiece of the Cubist style. The original painting was created during a time when Braque was deep into Analytical Cubism, of which many of the elements are seen here. First, this lithograph has a very beige color palate, made mostly of tans and greys. Secondly, there is little depth to the image. Appearing out of the cubist shapes are some of the parts of a violin – in the left hand side you see some strings, and towards the right, the gentle curl of the end of the instrument. Letters like the ones that say ‘BACH J.S.’ are also often included in Cubist works. Braque truly masters the style in this lithograph, implying the shadow of a violin that is almost completely masked by other shapes. The intention comes through strong, helped by the graphic ‘BACH J.S.’

Created circa the 1950’s after an oil painting of the same title created in 1911-1912, this etching and aquatint in colors on Rives BFK paper is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right corner and numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left corner; published by Maeght, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Georges Braque Hommage à J.S. Bach, c. 1950s is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1.Vallier, Dora, Braque: The Complete Graphics, 1982, listed as Maeght no. 1019 on page 293.

2. Mullins, Edwin, The Art of Georges Braque, original painting listed as cat no.49 on pg 73.

3. de Romilly, Nicole Worms and Jean Laude, Braque: Cubism 1907-1914, 1982, original painting listed as cat no 122 on pg 157.

4. Rubin, William, Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism, 1989, original painting listed on pg 215.

5. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Georges Braque Hommage à J.S. Bach, c. 1950s is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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