Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963)

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Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963)


Hermès, 1962-2002
Cubist sculpture in 18k gold and black marble with white veins.
Cas-Bernard founder's stamp, post mortem cast made in 2002.
Signed, dated and numbered 1/8.
Based on the Hermès gouache signed by Georges Braque in 1962.
Cubist sculpture in gold 18k and black marble.
Stamp of the founder Cas-Bernard, post mortem cast made in 2002.
Signed, dated and numbered 1/8.
Made from Hermès gouache signed by Georges Braque in 1962.
H_37 cm L_16,5 cm
Bibliography : "Les Métamorphoses de Braque" Editions France Art Center Paris 1989, page 20
Exhibitions :
- Galerie Daniel Besseiche - Geneva - 2004
- Galerie Pascal Polar - Brussels - 2005
- Fine Art Gallery - Barcelona - 2006
- Les Grandes Heures de Saint Emilion - 2006
- Château de Vascoeuil - 2006
- Mairie de Saint Nom La Bretèche - 2006
Museums: Georges Braque Museum - Saint-Dié-des-Vosges - 2008
At the end of Analytical Cubism in 1911, Braque brought back his first paper sculptures from a trip to Céret. Too fragile, they were all destroyed. Douglas
Cooper, a great historian of cubism and friend of Picasso, confirms this opinion: "Braque had preceded Picasso in the execution of the paper sculptures". They will be of great importance since they will direct Braque towards the famous glued papers and synthetic cubism.
These paper sculptures will divert Braque from the realisation of "solid" cubist sculptures. He will surely regret this, since at the end of his life he will ask his friend, Baron Heger de Löewenfeld, to help him execute Hermes' sculpture, following a gouache that he will make for this purpose.
Braque's only cubist sculpture. The gilded bronze version will be on display at the Palais du Louvre in 1963, during Braque's lifetime.
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