La Chaise (The Chair), 1962
Lithograph in colours, Ed. 223/300
Signed in pencil by the artist
57 x 38 cm
Positioned at a slight angle so as best to accent the highlights and geometry of the subject, Braque depicts an antique-inspired crafted chair, reminiscent of a traditional French past of which he knew so well. This piece evokes a nostalgia unseen in any other work, as we are transported to a dimly lit artist’s café in the bohemian, Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. We need only to take a glimpse at the iconic curves and bends along the back of the chair to know that one of this kind was all too common during Braque’s time. The coloration allows this chair to stand apart from the rest, as it appears as though a medley of tones work together to create a wholesome work. The bright teals remind us of a rusted copper, implying perhaps the damp, rainy environment of Paris and its suburbs. It is a stunning work, which slowly reveals itself to its audience, unfolding its secrets from a bohemian past.
Published by Maeght éditeur, Paris in 1962, this work is part of a series of etchings that were based upon Braque’s original watercolors, gouaches and paintings. This work is numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin and hand signed by Georges Braque (Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, 1882 – Paris, 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Georges Braque La Chaise (The Chair), 1962 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).
1. Vallier, D. Braque: The Complete Graphics Catalogue Raisonné. New York: W.H. Smith Publishers, 1982. Listed and illustrated as Maeght, no. 1046 on page 296.
2. Maeght éditeur. Eaux-fortes et lithographies originales; Estampes à tirage limité et justifié; Derrière le Miroir; Affiches originales. 1962. Listed and illustrated as Maeght no. 1046.
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