We've collaborated with Artsy.net to show our collection of George Braque's intensely moving lithographs using the bird as motif. Georges Braque is best known as the co-founder of the explosive Cubist movement in the 1920s, alongside his friend and creative genius, Pablo Picasso, which revolutionised the future course of modern art. The works on show are profoundly moving final messages from an artist whose career spanned 50 years. In the last decade of his life he returned repeatedly to the motif of the bird in flight.
The winged symbol provides both a poignant reflection on a life's work that concentrated on the artists's theoretical preoccupation with space and movement in space; but can also perhaps be read as an intense enquiry into the impending release of the spirit from its mortal bounds.
In this online show we present a series of Braque's original lithographs of birds from the 1950s and 60s, including a series entitled 'Derniers Messages' published posthumously by Galerie Maeght in 1967, in conjunction with a show in Paris that was a homage to the late master.
Our exhibition also includes an intimate collection of photographs of the artist in his studio making these works, including the one shown here. We also have the privilege of owning these photographs as limited editions prints.