Georges Braque, Bord de Mer (The Seaside), 1960

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Bord de Mer (The Seaside), 1960
Reference:Vallier 1037
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:22 13/16 in x 9 7/16 in (58 cm x 24 cm)
Sheet:30 in x 18 in (76.2 cm x 45.7 cm)
Framed:approx. 42 3/4 in x 30 3/4 in (108.6 cm x 78.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Maeght, Paris, with the Maeght blind stamp in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4848

Historical Description

The power of sea is on beautiful display in this composition as two weathered fishing boats pierce the horizon line in Georges Braque Bord de Mer (The Seaside), 1960.  These boats appear on their sides far from the sea, apparently abandoned and weathered by the salty ocean winds. We can see the blue of the ocean in the left corner, looking calm and distant. Along the right-hand side of the image three spherical representations of the sun are depicted, perhaps an abstract representation of the passage of time or the gleam of the setting sun over the ocean. A rather contemplative work, this composition speaks to Braque’s unique take on life.

Braque uses a mixture of muted and intense colors in Bord de Mer. Grays and dark greens make up the shoreline and one of the boats, while the other is rendered in a stunning and vibrant red, which is mirrored in the piercing sun that lingers in the upper right corner.

Created in 1960, this color lithograph is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin, this work was published by Maeght, Paris and features the Maeght blind stamp in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque The Seaside (Bord de Mer), 1960 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 final sale of the work).

1. Vallier, Dora. Braque The Complete Graphics. New York: Gallery Books, 1982. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1037 on pg. 295.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Georges Braque The Seaside (Bord de Mer), 1960 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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