GEORGES BRAQUE "LE TIR D'ARC", 1960

French artist, Georges Braque (1882- 1963) is considered, alongside Pablo Picasso, as a father of the 20th century cubist movement.

Born in Argenteuil, France, Braque gave up a career in decorating to focus on painting. While his early works were Fauvist in style, an encounter and eventual close friendship with Picasso initiated the creation of the Cubist movement. Braque would work with Cubist-inspired forms for the rest of his career.

Ending his partnership with Picasso, Braque left France to serve in the First World War. Upon returning, a solo exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in Paris catapulted his name.

Staying in Paris during the Second World War, Braque’s works became more sombre, and the artist began experimenting with engravings, lithographs, and sculpture. Braque’s practice with these mediums utilized common motifs of natural forms including birds, landscapes, and seascapes.

“Le Tir d’Arc”, created only three years before the artist’s death, is a quintessential example of Braque’s later works. The flat white silhouettes of a bird and an arc flatten the expressive application of blue.

The Royal Academy, London mounted an exhibition of Braque’s oft forgotten late works in 1997, reinvigorating academic and public interest in the artist’s works beyond his partnership with Picasso. 

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Lithograph

Signed and numbered by artist

From an edition of 10

11"H 6"W (work)

24.75"H 17.5"W (framed)

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