Georges BraqueOiseaux Blancs – White Birds. 1958. Birds in Autumn. 1958.


Original lithograph in colours. 1958.

Signed in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 75. (There were also a small

number of artist’s proofs annotated as H.C. – Hors Commerce Not for sale.)

Drawn and printed at the Atelier Mourlot. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght,


Reference: Vallier – Braque

L’Oeuvre Gravé no 119.

Beautiful impression. On pale cream wove

Arches paper. Pristine condition – never previously mounted or framed. Full

margins. Sheet: 67.5 x 48 cm. Image: 56 x 41 cm. 22 x 16 1/8 ins.

Worked with differing widths of brush stroke

using dove grey over an early autumnal golden brown in the sky and a golden

brown outlines for the soaring birds this composition is a truly painterly

example of the freedom and creativity which Braque introduced into his

lithographs in the in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Braque wrote about how

much he enjoyed working in the medium of lithography. It allowed him to exploit

the very special qualities of the medium to enhance his imagery. The unique

inherent transparency of the inks allowed colours worked over the top of each

other to retain their individual tonality, instead of blending as they would

have done in paint. At the same time it also permitted a freedom of handling

which is wonderfully demonstrated here in the sweeping contrasted strokes.