Georges Braque, Tête grecque (Grecian Head), c. 1950
|Artist:||Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)|
|Title:||Tête grecque (Grecian Head), c. 1950|
|Medium:||Color lithograph on Arches paper|
|Image:||16 1/8 in x 11 15/16 in (41 cm x 30.4 cm)|
|Sheet:||19 15/16 in x 13 1/16 in (50.6 cm x 33.2 cm)|
|Framed:||31 1/8 in x 26 1/8 in (79 cm x 66.3 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 197 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Jean-Paul Loriot.|
|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.|
Georges Braque Tête grecque (Grecian Head), c. 1950 stands out immediately due to the brilliant and complex hues of blue that permeate the entirety of the lithograph. Against a light blue background which brings light to the work, stands a white star. Within the star lies the namesake of the piece – a Grecian head rendered in a deep blue with delicate features delineated in white. We see the profile of the head with elaborately styled hair which points this way and that – all crowned with a stiff circle of hair. The hair points forward over the eyes and towards the right side of the lithograph, drawing our eyes from left to right across the page. Braque was fascinated with antiquity and draws on it for inspiration in many of his works. Tête grecque (Grecian Head), c. 1950 is a delightful reinterpretation of Classical antiquity that charms the viewer.
Created circa 1950, this color lithograph printed on Arches paper 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. Numbered from the edition of 197 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Editions Jean-Paul Loriot.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque Grecian Head (Tête grecque), c. 1950 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. 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 artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Georges Braque Grecian Head (Tête grecque), c. 1950 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.