Artsy Insight: Picasso and Braque’s Friendly Rivalry
This aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist "G.Braque" at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered in pencil "37/50" in pencil at the lower left margin.
The work was published Maeght Éditeur, Paris in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impression. There were also a small number of unnumbered impressions.
It was printed by Crommelynck and Dutrou, Paris.
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark.
Note: "Uranie" comes from the name "Ouranos" which means "Sky" in Greek. Uranie is the muse of astrology and astronomy. She is often depicted wearing an azur blue dress and a crown made of stars, carrying in her hands a globe and several maths instruments.
Literature: Vallier, D. (1982). Braque: The Complete Graphics Catalogue Raisonne. New York: Alpine Fine Arts collection
Reference: Vallier 117
Condition: Excellent condition. Adhesive tape along the upper left and right sheet edges, verso.
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