Artsy Insight: Picasso and Braque’s Friendly Rivalry
This work is hand signed in pencil by the artist at the lower left margin "G.Braque",
and hand numbered in pencil at the lower right margin "15/30".
This lithograph was printed in eight colours. It was prepared before 1958 to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the printing house Mourlot, both printed and published by them.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 75 signed & numbered impressions and 30 additional HC proofs. Ours is one of this 30 proofs.
Literature: "Braque: The Complete Graphics Catalogue Raisonne", by Dora Vallier, published by Alpine Fine Arts collection, NY, 1982.
Reference: Vallier 114. (Mourlot 47)
Condition: Good condition. Three tiny pin holes. overall even discolouration of the paper.
French painter, collagist and sculptor Georges Braque is, along with Pablo Picasso, renowned as the co-founder of Cubism, which revolutionized 20th-century painting. In his work, objects are fragmented and reconstructed into geometric forms, fracturing the picture plane in order to explore a variety of viewpoints. “The hard-and-fast rules of perspective … were a ghastly mistake which…has taken four centuries to redress,” he said in 1957. Merging aspects of the sculptural with the pictorial, Braque was also an innovator in the use of collage, inventing a technique known as papier collé, which he first explored in one early work Fruit Dish and Glass (1912) by attaching pieces of wallpaper to a charcoal drawing. This approach deeply influenced not only his contemporaries but generations of artists from Modernism to the present.
French, 1882-1963, Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France, based in Paris, France