Georges Braque, L'oiseau de sables (Bird of the Sands), from Braque Lithographe, 1962

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:L'oiseau de sables (Bird of the Sands), from Braque Lithographe, 1962
Reference:Vallier 188
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:12 in x 9 1/2 in (30.5 cm x 24.1 cm)
Sheet:13 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in (34.3 cm x 26.7 cm)
Framed:27 in x 24 in (68.6 cm x 61 cm)
Edition:Annotated ‘H.C.’ (Hors Commerce) aside from the numbered edition of 125, printed by Mourlot Paris and Published by André Sauret.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argentueil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-5599

Historical Description

Georges Braque L'oiseau de sables (Bird of the Sands), from Braque Lithographe, 1962 fuses literary creativity with visual expression (this artwork is one of 5 lithographs created for the illustrated book Braque Lithographe). In the center of the image is a bird in flight. Colored with subtle shades of blue, brown and gold, the work exudes a delicate elegance. A painterly, gold circle frames the bird, the white background evoking a sense of weightlessness. This is the intended style as Braque deliberately thickens his strokes to construct a more painterly feel. The textures and colors combine beautifully, creating a sense of weightlessness. This artwork encompasses Braques' color theory as well. The artist has said "You put a blob of yellow here, and another at the further edge of the canvas: straight away a rapport is established between them. Colour acts in the way that music does (Braque)." Arguably, this image is meant to be a multi sensory experience which combines music, literature and visual art.

Created in 1962, this color lithograph is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argentueil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right. Annotated ‘H.C.’ (Hors Commerce) aside from the numbered edition of 125, printed by Mourlot Paris and Published by André Sauret.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque Bird of the Sands (L'oiseau de sables), from Braque Lithographe, 1962 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnès 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. New York: Gallery Books, 1982. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 188.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this color lithograph.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards Georges Braque Bird of the Sands (L'oiseau de sables), from Braque Lithographe, 1962 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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