Artsy Insight: Picasso and Braque’s Friendly Rivalry
GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963
Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882-1963 Paris
Title: The Dance, 1934
Technique: Original Hand Signed Etching with Aquatint on paper
Paper size: 27.3 x 22 cm / 10.7 x 8.6 in
Plate size: 24 x 17 cm / 9.4 x 6.6 in
Additional Information: This work is hand signed in pencil by the artist at the lower right margin "G.Braque".
The etching was created for the book "Georges Braque" by Carl Einstein and was published in 1934 by Chroniques du Jour, Paris and A. Zwemmer, London and E. Weyne, New York.
It was printed in a limited edition of 250 signed and numbered impressions.
The book itself is hand numbered on the first page "Edition numérotée 68"
Carl Einstein (26 April 1885 – 5 July 1940), born Karl Einstein, was an influential German Jewish writer, art historian, and critic.Regarded as one of the first critics to appreciate the development of Cubism, as well as for his work on African art and influence on the European avant-garde, Einstein was a friend and colleague of such figures as George Grosz, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. His work combined many strands of both political and aesthetic discourse into his writings, addressing both the developing aesthetic of modern art and the political situation in Europe.
Condition: Very Good condition.
Signature: Hand signed in pencil by the artist"G.Braque" at the lower right margin.
Publisher: Chroniques du Jour, Paris and A. Zwemmer, London and E. Weyne, New York.
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