Georges Braque, Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962

Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Title:Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962
Reference:Vallier 181
Series:Si je mourais la-bas (If I Die Over There), 1962
Medium:Color Wood Engraving
Image:15 1/8 in x 11 in (38.4 cm x 27.9 cm)
Sheet:18 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in (46.9 cm x 36.2 cm)
Framed:approx 29 1/2 in x 25 1/4 in (74.9 cm x 61.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6210
Price on Request

Historical Description

Georges Braque Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962, captures the heart of many with its poignant and inspiring shade of cobalt blue. Rendered on crisp white paper, Braque depicts this atypical shape made up of edges, lines, and curvaceous forms. The greatest part to this aesthetically simple piece is the fragmentation of these shapes in which creates in us a peculiar reaction. The electric blue geometric shapes reconstruct along the flat white surface where the edges jut out in an upwards motion that suggests mightiness and courage. There is a sense of belonging to the highest order--imperial and strong. The thick white paper enhances the blue while the blue provides texture to the entirety of the work. One can experience the robust sensation of this piece, looking at it against the light where it glistens. The bottom two curvaceous linear modules hover just above the edge of the bottom outline uplifting the heavy crown. Opulently colored and richly textured, Braque commemorates this piece as part of a colorful series to French poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

Created in 1962, Georges Braque Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962 is a color wood engraving. Numbered from the edition of 70 in pencil in the lower left, this work is hand-signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil the lower right. This work is one out of a series of 18 such color wood engravings that accompany text by Guillaume Apolliaire in the book Si je mourais la-bas which was published by Louis Broder, Paris and printed by Féquet and Baudier, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Georges Braque Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonné and text (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. New York City: W. H. Smith Publishers Inc., 1982. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 181

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Georges Braque Page 63 from Si je mourais la-bas, 1962 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.

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