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GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963 (French)
Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882-1963 Paris

Title: Mythological Figure, 1958

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Dated Ink Drawing on Paper

Paper size: 40.5 x 26 cm. / 15 x 10.3 in.

Additional Information: This drawing is hand signed with initials by the artist “G.B.” in black ink at the lower left margin.
It is also dated in black ink “17 Juin 1958” beside the signature.
This drawing was later used for the lithograph “Personnages sur Fond Rose” that was published 1960’s by the French publisher Jean-Paul Loriot. This lithograph is listed in the catalogue raisonne of prints by Dora Vallier in page 298 (Dora Vallier, Braque. L’Ouvre Gravé Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1982).

Braque never discussed his fascination with Greek themes, but it is known that he first became interested in the art and literature of the very early (and rather unfashionable) Geometric or Protoattic periods, c.900-600 BC, in the early 1930s. In 1931 the first motifs relating to the Greek Mythology appeared in Braque’s work. From this time the Greek Mythology reference can be found across all of Braque’s different techniques: paintings, drawings, sculptures and off course in his graphic art. His 1932 series of etchings “The Theogony” that was commission by Ambroise Vollard is considered to be one of his greatest achievements in print making.

Galerie Darga & Lansberg, Paris
Private Collection, Paris (acquired from the above in 2005)
The authenticity of this work has been kindly confirmed by Claude Laurens in his certificate of authenticity dated 20th December 2002.
Mr Laurens is Braque’s heir and the son of Braque’s friend and colleague, the sculptor Henri Laurens.

Georges Braque, IVAM (Institut Valencia d’Art Modern), 16th March – 7th May 2006.

Condition: Good condition. Three tape remains on the upper margin, verso.