Georges Braque, Tête grecque (Grecian Head) c. 1950-60

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Tête grecque (Grecian Head) c. 1950-60 (Copy)
Reference:Vallier 298
Medium:Original Color Lithograph
Image Size:15 7/10 in x 11 3/5 in (40.5 cm x 29.5 cm)
Sheet Size:24 4/5 in x 17 1/10 in (63 cm x 43.5 cm)
Framed Size:31 1/5 in x 26 1/4 in (79.2 cm x 66.7 cm)
Edition:An artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 150.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, 1882 - Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin; also signed at the bottom of the star in the plate.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4270
$12,000 $5,500

Historical Description

This elegant work is a striking reinterpretation of classical Greek sculpture, as a cobalt silhouette floats in a heavenly blue sky. Slightly eccentric elements draw us in, as the abstracted hair, playful asymmetrical star, and vivid circular hat worn by Tête grecque provide pleasant deviations from traditional beauty. These striking points of interest are what allow Braque to embrace Greek antiquity and showcase a regal profile in an unconventional way.

Created c. 1950-60, this original color lithograph is printed on Arches paper and was published by Editions Jean-Paul Loriot. An artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 150, this work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882- Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right, and also signed in the plate at the bottom of the star.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnès and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Vallier, Dora. Braque: The Complete Graphics, Catalogue Raisonné. Translated by Robert Bononno and Pamela Barr. New York: Gallery Books, 1988. Listed and illustrated on p. 298.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, this work is displayed in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.