Georges Braque, La Forêt (The Forest) from Lettera amorosa, 1963

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:La Forêt (The Forest) from Lettera amorosa, 1963
Reference:Vallier 187
Medium:Original Color Lithograph
Image:10 7/16 in x 8 1/2 in (26.5 cm x 21.5 cm)
Sheet:15 in x 11 1/4 in (38.1 cm x 28.6 cm)
Framed:29 1/2 in x 25 1/8 in (74.9 cm x 63.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered XI/XV in pencil in the lower left (from the edition of XV (15) artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals, aside from the edition of 75 signed and numbered in Arabic numerals, a few Hors Commerce impressions on Arches, and 3 Hors Commerce impressions on Japon nacre).
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882-Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3229

Historical Description

Appropriately entitled La Forêt (The Forest) this piece abounds with earthy tones of brown and green. Braque utilizes soft, abstract figures to convey this forest, causing the viewer to ponder the exact image depicted. The central, brown figure appears as a tree, rooted to the ground with branches stemming from the trunk. The viewer can make out distinct, green leaf-like shapes to the left and the right of this tree, and feels as if he or she is confronting the forest head-on, as if one simply stumbled into the forest and became immersed within the foliage.

Created in 1963, this work is one of 29 lithographs created for the illustrated book Lettera amorosa. It is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered XI/XV in pencil in the lower left (from the edition of XV (15) artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals, aside from the edition of 75 signed and numbered in Arabic numerals, a few Hors Commerce impressions on Arches, and 3 Hors Commerce impressions on Japon nacre). Printed by Mourlot, Paris on Arches paper and published by Edwin Engelberts, Geneva

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work 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 Catalogue Raisonné listed as catalogue no. 187 on pgs. 267-182 and illustrated on pg. 275

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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