Georges Braque, Les Étoiles (Stars), 1959

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Les Étoiles (Stars), 1959
Reference:Maeght 1029
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:12 5/8 in x 14 3/16 in (32.1 cm x 36 cm)
Sheet:19 in x 25 1/2 in (48.3 cm x 64.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 300 in the lower left.
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-6143
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Historical Description

Georges Braque Les Étoiles (Stars), 1959 opens a cloud-like window into a dreamy black and navy sky peppered with playful stars above which a bird, its body decorated with patterns, flies with its wings spread. The darkness of the sky around it contrasts strikingly with the light color of the bird, and the edges of its body create beautiful sharp outlines and negative space. There is a rich variation of textures, from the speckled flow of the blue pigment to the crisp stars on smooth black. Within a soothing circular composition, Braque creates a deep magical world that beckons the viewer in. There is an incredible charm to the simplicity of the bird’s form and the kaleidoscopic patterns ornamenting its body. Birds were a reoccurring subject matter in Braque’s work, a symbol of peace and tranquility; in Les Étoiles, the bird is particularly eye-catching. As it travels through a gorgeous dark sky, we get the sense of peering into a portal which reveals another realm, created masterfully by Braque’s vision.

Created in 1959, this color lithograph is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil the lower right and numbered from an edition of 300 in the lower left. Published by Maeght, this color lithograph was created after an original watercolor by Georges Braque from the same year that was exhibited in Galerie Maeght.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque Les Étoiles (Stars), 1959 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 Catalogue Raisonné. New York City: W. H. Smith Publishers Inc. 1982. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. Maeght 1029.
2.  Maeght Éditeur Eaux-Fortes et Lithographies Originales 1959. Paris: Maeght, 1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1029
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Georges Braque Les Étoiles (Stars), 1959 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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