Georges Braque, Le tir à l'arc (Archery), 1960

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Lithograph from Le tir à l'arc (Archery), 1960
Reference:Vallier 153
Medium:Color Lithograph on Chine Colle
Image Size:8 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in (21 cm x 14.7 cm)
Sheet Size:15 3/16 in x 11 in (38.5 cm x 28 cm)
Framed Size:25 ½ in x 23 in (64.7 cm x 58.4 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left; this work was printed on chine colle by Desjobert and published by Louis Broder, Paris.
Signature:This work is hand signed by George Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This piece is in excellent condition, with full margins.
ID #w-4215
$11,000 $5,000

Historical Description

Comprised of a repetition of oval blue targets, Georges Braque Le tir à l'arc (Archery) exemplifies Braque's skill at evoking a sense of mood through abstraction. The soft, swirling blue background brings to mind images of a cloud specked sky. We can almost imagine the targets lined up in preparation for an archery tournament. The cool, blue hue is calming, bringing us peace of mind upon viewing this lovely print. The element of repetition in this lithograph compounds the calming feeling, lulling us in with the swirling designs.

The poet Francis Ponge, known himself for his prose poetry, writes of the artist's greatness: "In him, no affected greatness, no paraded greatness […] A greatness of fact, irremediable, irrepressible, directly generated by the least of his drawings (Abrams, 43). So even the small-format works contain something undeniably Braque.

Created in 1960, this original color lithograph is from the illustrated book Le tir à l'arc. This work is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Louis Broder, Paris and printed on chine colle.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque The Archery (Le tir à l'arc), 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, Catalogue Raisonné. Trans. Robert Bononno and Pamela Barr. New York: Gallery Books, 1982. Listed and illustrated on as catalogue no. 153.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Georges Braque The Archery (Le tir à l'arc), 1960 is museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.