Georges Braque

Georges Braque, Bouquet Vert, etching, 1951

Bouquet Vert

[Green Bouquet]

Vallier 70

etching in two colours (black for the keyplate and grayish green for  the hanging foliage), 1951, an undescribed trial proof before the published edition of 30, on medium-thick handmade Auvergne paper, a very fine working impression with full margins, very slight and uniform light-staining from an old mount, with deckle edges, two short strips of tape on the upper and lower edges, verso, otherwise in quite excellent condition

P. 180 x 115 mm., S. 305 x 245 mm.

Provenance: a private French collection

After World War II, following on his collaboration with Ambroise Vollard, Georges Braque began to work with Aimé Maeght, who had just opened his gallery in Paris.  With newfound ardour, he explored his fondest themes in producing a variety of high-quality prints, the most important of which focused on the still-life through the simplified forms and refined textures that could be derived from the various media. This is one of his earlist floral still-lifes.

The present impression, identified on the mounting board as a "tirage d'essais", i.e. trial proof, shows several differences in comparison with the published state:  the table and pitcher remain unchanged, while the hanging foliage of the colour plate here is less dense, and printed in a lighter grayish green colour (see the full page illustration in Vallier, page 127) so as to appreciate the refinement of the aquatint patterning.