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L’oiseau et son ombre II

L’oiseau et son ombre II, 1961 by Georges Braque is an original Etching and Aquatint on Rives wove paper. Published and printed by Maeght, Paris. This print is hand-signed and numbered from the edition of 75.

From the late 1940s Georges Braque created numerous lithographs, engravings, and sculptures where, Braque utilized recurring themes of birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes as depicted in L’oiseau et son ombre II. Georges Braque, along with Henri Matisse, is credited for introducing Pablo Picasso to Fernand Mourlot, and most of the lithographs, illustrated books, and original prints Braque created in the 1940s and ’50s were produced at the Mourlot Lithograph Studios. In 1948 Georges Braque was awarded the main prize for painting at the Venice Biennale, and in 1951 Braque was made a Commander of the Legion of Honour. A few years later, Braque employed his skills as a craftsman, when Braque designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville and painted the ceiling for the Etruscan Gallery at The Louvre. In 1961 George Braque had the distinction of being the first living artist to have his art exhibited at The Louvre.

Title

L’oiseau et son ombre II

Medium

Etching Aquatint

Year

1961

Edition

75

Catalogue Raisonné

Vallier 157

Signature

Hand-Signed and numbered

Size 20.75 x 29.5 (in)
52.5 x 74.5 (cm)
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L’oiseau et son ombre II, 1961 by Georges Braque is an original Etching and Aquatint on Rives wove paper. Published and printed by Maeght, Paris. This print is hand-signed and numbered from the edition of 75.

From the late 1940s Georges Braque created numerous lithographs, engravings, and sculptures where, Braque utilized recurring themes of birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes as depicted in L’oiseau et son ombre II. Georges Braque, along with Henri Matisse, is credited for introducing Pablo Picasso to Fernand Mourlot, and most of the lithographs, illustrated books, and original prints Braque created in the 1940s and ’50s were produced at the Mourlot Lithograph Studios. In 1948 Georges Braque was awarded the main prize for painting at the Venice Biennale, and in 1951 Braque was made a Commander of the Legion of Honour. A few years later, Braque employed his skills as a craftsman, when Braque designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville and painted the ceiling for the Etruscan Gallery at The Louvre. In 1961 George Braque had the distinction of being the first living artist to have his art exhibited at The Louvre.

The objects used in his still lifes were highly personal to Braque, however, he did not reveal these meanings. Skulls, for example, were objects he painted repeatedly at the onset of World War II. In 1944, when World War II ended, Braque began to embrace lighter subjects like flowers, billiard tables, and garden chairs. His final series of eight canvases made from 1948-1955, each titled Atelier, or Studio, depicted imagery that represented the artist’s inner thoughts on each object rather than clues to the outside world. At the very end of his life, Braque painted birds repeatedly, as the perfect symbol of his obsession with space and movement.

During World War II Braque remained in Paris. His paintings at that time, primarily still lifes and interiors, became more somber. In addition to paintings, Braque also made lithographs, engravings, and sculptures. From the late 1940s he treated various recurring themes such as birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes. In 1954 he designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville. During the last few years of his life, Braque’s ill health prevented him from undertaking further large-scale commissions, but he continued to paint, make lithographs, and design jewelry. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris.

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Title

L’oiseau et son ombre II

Medium

Etching Aquatint

Year

1961

Edition

75

Catalogue Raisonné

Vallier 157

Signature

Hand-Signed and numbered

Size 20.75 x 29.5 (in)
52.5 x 74.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request