GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963
Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882-1963 Paris (French)
Title: Multicolour Bird | Oiseau Multicolore, ca. 1950
Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Colour Etching and Aquatint on BFK Rives Wove Paper
Paper size: 40.5 X 62 cm. / 16 X 24.4 in.
Image size: 26 X 49.5 cm. / 10.3 X 19.5 in.
Additional Information: This etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “G. Braque” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the editon of 200, at the lower left margin.
The work was published by Edition Maeght in a limited edition of 200 impressions in circa 1950.
The etching and aquatint is based on an original painting by Braque and was engraved by Aldo Cromelynck for Edition Maeght, Paris.
Towards the end of his career, Braque became preoccupied with the subject of the bird. While this motif appears in a number of the artist’s earlier still-lifes, by the late 1950s the image of the bird became an independent subject in its own right.
The most likely explanation for Braque’s perennial fascination with this aerial creature is the obvious link between the bird and the question of space, one of the painter’s major preoccupations throughout his career.
George Braque confirms this himself in an interview with Jean Leymarie published in No. 5 of the magazine Quadrum in 1958:’ “It was in 1929 that the motif first came to me, for an illustration to Hesiod. I had already painted birds in 1910, but they were incorporated into still lifes, whereas in my recent works I have been greatly exercised by space and movement'” (quoted in George Braque, Order & Emotion (exhibition catalogue), Andros, 2003, n.p.)
Unlike Braque’s early still lifes, the paintings from the last decade of his life celebrate the bird in flight.
Literature: Vallier, D. (1984) Braque: The Complete Graphics Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Art Books Intl. Ltd.
Reference: Maeght 1020