Georges Braque, Gélinotte (Grouse), 1960

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Gélinotte (Grouse), 1960
Reference:Vallier 149
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image Size:13 12/16 in x 8 14/16 in (35 cm x 22.5 cm)
Sheet Size:25 1/2 in x 18 3/4 in (64.14 cm x 47.63 cm)
Framed Size:36 1/4 in x 31 in (92.1 cm x 78.74 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left; printed by Mourlot, Paris, 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.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4832

Historical Description

The fascinating Georges Braque Gélinotte (Grouse), 1960 captures the viewer's attention with its detail and bright splashes of color concealed in the center of a white canvas. Considered an ancient symbol of power and glory, the chariot is heavy with history that dates back to 2000 B.C. Braque tapped into this inherent symbolism and history as he created this eventful scene. Featuring a strong horse in stride pulling his masculine rider, this work is full of movement and action. What at first looks like abstract detail becomes buildings that we see behind the chariot and the rider, which gives a sense of depth and context to this scene. A touch of wild green around the wheel of the chariot also provides context. Composed in the style of what appears to be a parody, Braque utilizes subtle color contrasts between the chariot and horse with the negative space in between the background to give the work depth.

Created in 1960, this color lithograph on Arches paper is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right. Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left, this work is printed by Mourlot, Paris and published by Maeght, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque Grouse (Gélinotte), 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. Illustrated and listed as catalogue raisonné 149 on pg. 215.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Georges Braque Grouse (Gélinotte), 1960 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.