Georges Braque

Original Prints: Etchings

 

A founder of cubism who first trained as an artisan (in the sense of fine craftsmanship),  Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)  was a master printmaker with a fiercely personal style who focused on still-lifes throughout his career, refining texture and form through a graphic reduction of figures to their essential. *

In over 50 years, Georges Braque explored most printmaking media, with an impressive œuvre of nearly 200 works, and his etchings are quite finely worked. 



* As he wrote in Le Jour et la Nuit, Cahiers 1917-1952 (Gallimard, 1988):  "Le vase donne une forme au vide, et la musique au silence."   ["The vase gives form to emptiness, and music to silence."]


Georges Braque, Bouquet vert, 1951, etching

Bouquet Vert

[Green Bouquet]

Vallier 70

etching in two colours, 1951, a rare undescribed trial proof, with variants in the aquatint of the hanging foliage, before the Maeght edition of 30 impressions

This fine print is one of Braque's earliest floral still-lifes, a genre to which he was to devote much of his attention in the 1950s.

           

Le Lierre

[Ivy]

Vallier 99

etching in two colours, 1955, the only known state, signed and numbered by the artist, from the Maeght edition of 75 impressions

This fine print is one of Braque's largest etchings, if not the most colourful, and clearly in line with his greater vision...