TechniqueAquatint in colors on Arches wove paper
Date1955 - 1956
Dimensions63 cm x 43 cm
SignatureSigned lower right
Proof(s) of authenticityThe owner has the purchase invoice. He acquired this work at auction.
State of conservationVery good
Georges Braque (1882-1963), "Le bouquet rose", circa 1955-1956. Aquatint etching in colors on Arches wove paper printed in the Crommelynck workshop.
Signed in pencil at the bottom right. Edition 120/200 (written at the bottom left). Work framed in a black velvet frame. Dimensions with its frame : 71 x 51,5 cm.
For Braque, as for other great artists, such as Matisse or Picasso, there are a certain number of "interpretation" prints, generally made on the initiative of a gallery owner, publisher or printer-engraver, for example Maeght, Mourlot and Crommelynck. Such prints are not made materially by the artist who signs them, but by someone, almost always anonymous, associated with the printer's workshop.
These are usually prints inspired by an existing work of the artist, and they are made under the supervision of the artist, who corrects them, may intervene more or less actively and in any case, approves them by signing them with his hand.
The last part of the catalog raisonné of Dora Vallier consists of a brief "supplementary catalog" presenting a number of these prints, and cites Maeght's description of the procedure, which is very instructive. However, as Vallier points out, this supplementary catalog is not complete. Unfortunately, the "Bouquet rose," which was printed by Crommelynck, is missing. But we can conclude with certainty that it was made under Braque's supervision and close involvement, probably at the initiative of Crommelynck, with whom Braque worked extensively.
Catalog raisonné of Dora Vallier, "Braque The Complete Graphics