GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963
Argenteuil-sur-Seine, 1882-1963 Paris
Title: Theogony of Hesiod | La Théogonie d’Hésiode, 1932
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching on Hollande Van Gelder Wove Paper
Paper size: 53.2 x 37.6 cm. / 21 x 14.8 in.
Image size: 36.8 x 29.8 cm. / 14.5 x 11.8 in.
Additional Information: This etching is hand signed in brown crayon by the artist “G.Braque” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 50 hand signed and numbered impressions.
It was printed by Galanis in 1932.
This is the tenth plate from a series of 16 etchings that illustrate Hesiod’s “The Theogony”, which was commissioned by Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
The paper bears the Van Gelder watermark in the lower margin.
Note: 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 to illustrate Hesiod’s “The Theogony” that was commission by Ambroise Vollard is considered to be one of his greatest achievements in printmaking.
Literature: Vallier, D. (1982). Braque: The Complete Graphics Catalogue Raisonne. New York: Alpine Fine Arts collection.
Reference: Vallier 20j
Condition: Very good condition. Very pale, unobtrusive mount staining in the margins.