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Georges Braque, Glaucos

Georges Braque Glaucos, 1963

Sculpture 11 x 33.5 x 3.9 inch Unique artwork


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Georges Braque, Glaucos
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    Paris - France

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    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Sculpture : gold, amethyst

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    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    11 x 33.5 x 3.9 inch

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  • About the artwork

    Amethyst, gold and moonstone eyes.
    Presented for the first time at Palais du Louvre, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1963.

    Other exhibitions in which it was shown:

    Palais du Louvre – Pavillon de Marsan
    Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, “Bijoux de Braque” Paquebot Le France, Océan Atlantique. S/S “France” Neiman Marcus, New York et Dallas
    Musée De Young Memorial, San Francisco
    Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg
    National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
    Musée du Louvre, Paris, “Présentation de la donation Madame Braque”
    Musée Hessiches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt Musée Gemeentemuseum, La Haye
    Musée Boijmans – Van Beunigen, Rotterdam Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal
    Musée Finch College of Art, New York Musée du Québec, Canada
    Palais des Papes, Avignon
    Musée des Ponchettes, Nice
    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes
    Musée Idemitsu, Tokyo
    Musée National d’Art modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, Commémoration du centenaire de la naissance de Georges Braque Musée de Georges Braque, Inauguration de la Tour de la Liberté, Saint-Dié-des-Vosge

    Galerie Elysée-Matignon, Paris, « Métamorphoses » Château des Ducs de Bourbon, Montluçon
    Musée Ludwigmuseum, Coblence
    Galerie Art Cadre, Paris
    Comité Olympique, Bondy
    Fondation Luciana Matalon, Milan
    Musée Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia
    Musée d’Art à Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    Musée Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach, Florida
    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dole
    Musée of Art of Central Florida, Ocala, Floride
    Musée Montgomery Muse of Fine Arts Montgomery, Alabama
    Musée of Science and Art Midland Center, Midland, Michigan
    Musée Georges Braque, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, “Les Métamorphoses” de Braque
    Musée Georges Braque, Saint-Dié, “Sculptures monumentales des Maîtres du XXe siècle” Musée Sztuki, Sopot, Pologne
    Musée d’art du Palais imperial; Cité interdite, Place Tian’anmen, Pékin
    Musée de l’université des Beaux-Arts, Nankin, Chine
    Musée de Shenzhen, Chine
    Musée Georges Braque, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, “Georges Braque artisan”
    Musée Jean Lurçat, Saint-Laurent-Les-Tours
    Musée des Arts décoratifs, “Bijoux d’artistes”, Paris
    Musée Panasonic, Tokyo, Japon Musée d’Okasaki City, Aichi, Japon

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Georges Braque

Born in: 1882 France

Famous artist


If there is a painter who best represents the “honor of France," as Malraux said, it must be Georges Braque. A friend and colleague to Picasso, Derain, Apollinaire, Gris, Laurens, Léger, Satie, Reverdy, de Staël and other well-known artists of that era, he remained close to the many cultural revolutions that shook the century. Born to a family of decorative painters, Georges Braque's destiny was to follow in their footsteps as an artisan. However, in 1905, he suddenly gave up his studies and took up a new path.

Braque discovered fauvism in 1905 with the works of Matisse and Derain. Though the fauvist period only lasted a year and half, Braque would find in this movement a way of escaping academic ideas and exploring new possibilities with color. At the 1907 Salon des Indépendants in the South, Braque presented six fauvist paintings. It was at this exhibition that Braque would meet Daniel Henry Kahnweiler and Wilhelm Uhde, both of whom combined to purchase all the painting Braque had on show. The first would become his first dealer, acquiring six paintings, while the second would become his first collector, purchasing five paintings.

The following year, at the Salon d'Automne, only one of his seven paintings was accepted. That same 1907 exhibition featured a retrospective on Cézanne. Deeply inspired by the late works of the Master of D'Aix, Braque made another pilgrimage to l'Estaque in order to better study his theories and ideas. Before this trip, Braque was working as a fauvist. After it, he moved on to what would become his great work of cubism.

The origins of Cubism, a movement that would revolutionize the visual rhythm of painting and take it on an unexpected trajectory, remain unclear. It is not easy to define the paternity and the inspiration for the first cubist works, but history remembers it as a combination of efforts from these two diametric opposites, two artistic geniuses. On one side was Pablo Picasso: an artist gifted with extraordinary virtuosity, a visionary whose life was eventful and whose personality was lively and exuberant. On the other hand was Georges Braque: an artist whose brilliance was in innovation and ideas. He was an intellectual, a modest man, and someone who preferred to live quietly rather than seek celebrity.

Braque referred to their working relationship, at this time, as akin to climbing partners. It would go on to define a period in art history that was only to end in 1914 when Braque was called up to fight in the First World War. He returned in 1915, with a severe head injury, and was convalescent till 1917. From that point onwards, even if he continued to work on Cubism till 1922, Georges Braque was similarly developing a new approach to painting, one which would function thematically.

The thematic period became the third period in his work. Georges Braque devoted himself to the analysis of different subjects, working to explore all possibilities in their composition in order to finally lay bare the object. With these recurrent themes, Braque was looking to perfect his pictorial ideas and explore the extreme limit of an object's depiction. Some of the great works of his career emerged during this period: billiards, for which he would be awarded a prize at the Venice Biennale; the birds; and the Norman fishing boats, a landscape he knew intimately after establishing a studio at Varengeville-sur-Mer.

At the twilight of his life, Georges Braque set to work on his series Metamorphoses. He first made gouache sketches of roughly a hundred of his major works. Then, taking these two-dimensional works, he transformed them three-dimensionally, not virtually as he had done with analytic cubism, but directly and physically into sculpture. All of the works have names derived from Greek mythology, which Georges Braque dearly loved. His golden sculptures do seem like they have been made in an ancient goldsmith's workshop. He had already devoted a series of works to Hesiod's Theogony and now he chose the name Metamorphoses in direct reference to Ovid's work.

Braque collaborated with a sculptor who worked mainly with precious stones, Heger de Loewenfeld. Together, at the request of André Malraux, they presented this new work at the Palais du Louvre. Braque had already been the first living painter to show work at the Louvre; he painted the ceiling of the Salle Henri II in 1953. The exhibition took place from March to May 1963. Three months later, Georges Braque died. Malraux led a national mourning and himself delivered the eulogy standing before the Louvre in front of the Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois church.

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