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Note: There was another version printed for Derriere le Mirror (No 144-145-146) in 1964 published by Maeght which was also made into a signed Limited Edition work. This work we have been unable to find references for but a number of similar works have passed through auction in recent years so it must be an unrecorded edition.
In the Dora Vallier catalogue raisonee of Braque’s works the text there reads as follows:“ There are a number of graphics by Braque that are based upon his paintings, watercolours or gouaches that were printed by those who customarily handled his graphic work and are published by Maeght. In most cases the artist himself chose the pieces and the printing process which to him seemed most appropriate. He assisted in the execution of the graphics, observed and directed the work of the engraver or lithographer, who, without departing from the means of expression of which he is master, has through his own sensibility rediscovered the profound resonance of the original work”.
Printed by: Unknown
Size: 462 x 650mm (sheet); 497 x 155 mms (Image size)
Condition: Creases throughout caused by bad rolling of the print.
Signature: HC - The inscribed HC is in fact a monogram which is unusual in Braques writing.
Publisher: Gallery Maeght, Paris
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