The “Chariot” or “Char aux Chevaux Noirs” by Georges Braque
A color lithograph by Georges Braque, Paris, circa 1950. The color lithograph is signed in the lower right corner, and it is copy 10/75. The frame is 21.25 inches (54 cm) x 25.59 inches (65 cm), and the sheet is 10.62 inches (27 cm) x 14.17 inches (36 cm) and in excellent condition.
Georges Braque (1882-1963)
Georges Braque is considered one of the founders of Cubism, along with Pablo Picasso.
He was born in Argenteuil, a suburb of Parison on May 13, 1882. His father was a decorative painter. He moved with his family to Le Havre in 1890, where Georges completed an apprenticeship as a decorative painter. At the same time, he attended painting classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. A year later, in 1900, he studied art in Paris.
After completing his military service in 1902, Georges Braque decided to work as a freelance artist. He studied at the Hubert Academy in Paris and in the studio of the French painter Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) for a short time. The Salon d’Automne of the French Fauvists left a decisive and lasting impression on him.
In 1907, through the mediation of Guillaume Apollinaire (French author, 1880-1918 ), Georges Braque met Pablo Picasso in the gallery of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (German-French gallery owner and art dealer, 1884-1979). There, he saw the paintings of Paul Cezanne for the first time, which greatly influenced his future work.
Pablo Picasso, who painted his first cubist painting “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon” at this time, worked closely with Braque. In 1909, an art critic described Braque’s works as “cubic bizarreries” – thus creating the Cubist art style. In 1913 Braque began working on his first collages, influenced by Picasso.
After World War I left him seriously injured, he returned home and painted a great number of still lifes. From 1918 on, Braque worked closely with the cubist painter Juan Gris.
After World War II, Braque turned to representational art, creating, among other things, the glass paintings in the church of Varengeville and the ceiling paintings of the Etruscan Hall in the Louvre . During this time, he also created many color lithographs, such as “char aux chevaux noirs”.
Georges Braque died in Paris on August 31, 1963.