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

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Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title: Lithograph from Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), 1960
Medium: Original Color Lithograph on Chine Colle
Image Size: 8 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in (21.9 cm x 15.6 cm)
Sheet Size: 15 in x 11 in (38.1 cm x 27.9 cm)
Framed Size: 32 1/2 in x 28 1/2 in (82.6 cm x 72.4 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left margin;
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 very good condition.
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ID # w-3323

This abstract Georges Braque Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), 1960 toys with repetitive motifs that vary ever so slightly. Four white, rectangular figures arranged in a square formation appear as geometrically altered birds. Their small wings flutter out and they fly amidst a soft blue background consisting of perpendicular strokes that relay a textured effect. Grey, shadowlike figures rest immediately behind each white form, providing a striking yet subtle color contrast. The positioning of shadows below Braque's abstract birds makes it look like we are peering from the sky down upon a flock of birds. We look from the position of the sun that shines down on the white birds. Based on the title Le tir à l'arc (The Archery), the viewer may surmise that these abstract figures are indeed birds flitting through the sky, serving as targets for the archers nearby.

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, 1982. Listed and discussed on pg. 219, illustrated on pg. 221.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Georges Braque The Archery (Le tir à l'arc), 1960 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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