Artist : Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963) The doves, 1955 Title : Medium : Etching on BFK Rives paper Type of work : Original etching signed by hand by the artist in pencil at the bottom left, monogrammed in the plate and numbered 4/4. This work is an additional edition in large margins of the frontispiece of the book tribute to Eluard "a poem in each book" published in 1956 at 120 copies. The work here proposed comes from the album called "Album A", separate edition of the book at 20 copies. Each album contains like the book 16 prints (including this work by Georges Braque) but they were printed in large margins and unlike the prints in the book, all signed or monogrammed by the artists. The album that we have was the property of the publisher Louis BRODER. It is different from the others because it is enriched in addition to the 16 illustrations with large margins of many other prints collected by the publisher throughout his collaboration with the artists on this book. Dimensions : 32,5 x 50 cm (Image 19,5 x 36 cm) Good Condition : Genevieve and Jean Paul Kahn Collection Provenance :
Georges Braque was an intellectual keen on poetry and music, he is the friend of Paul Eluard, René Char but also of Erik Satie. As usual from 1953, the artist multiplies in his works the references to the flight of birds. To pay homage to Eluard, it is therefore not surprising that Braque chose this etching entitled "Les colombes" in which he shows great sensitivity. : Expert's comment
: The Album and the Book Explanatory photo 1: Comparison between Album A offprint of "a poem in each book" printed in 20 copies and the book "a poem in each book" printed in 120 copies. Explanatory photo 2: Album A offprint of 20 copies having belonged to the publisher Louis Broder contained in a gray canvas box with a label stuck on the back and the first cover. Explanatory photo 3: Proof of printing of Album A which indicates the maximum number of copies of prints contained in total in the 20 albums as well as the names of the artists. It is annotated in red pencil "Editor's copy B" because it belonged to Louis Broder. Explanatory photo 4: Original print signed and printed with wide margins by Pablo Picasso, contained in album A Explanatory photo 5: Original print signed and printed with large margins by Max Ernst, contained in album A Explanatory photo 6: Book "a poem in each book" printed in 120 copies, containing the 16 prints unsigned by the artists (signatures on the proof of printing of the book) Explanatory photo 7: Print by Pablo Picasso on double page, unsigned contained in the book "a poem in each book" Explanatory photo 8: Print by Max Ernst unsigned contained in the book "a poem in each book"
: Born May 13, 1882 in Argenteuil, Georges Braque was the first painter to enter the Louvre during his lifetime. Biography of the artist He took courses to become a painter until 1905. In 1906, he discovered the Fauvism of Matisse and Derain and found in this movement a way of moving away from academicism and exploring the unknown lands of color. It was on his return from a trip to L'Estaque that he discovered cubism, which would revolutionize the plastic rhythms of painting. In 1922, he manifested another way of approaching painting, according to determined themes. This is the third phase of his work, that of the thematic period. He has the ambition to perfect his pictorial conceptions to the extreme limit of their possibilities and thus emerges from these themes, fundamental works such as "the birds"
: We advise you to read our blog History of the book and the album "THE ALBUM OF LOUIS BRODER: A LEGENDARY PORTFOLIO".
: We advise you to read our blog About Paul ELUARD "PAUL ELUARD: THE CHOSEN ONE OF THE ART".