Oiseau noir sur fond vert

Georges Braque


Original woodcut in large margins on pure wove paper for Si je mourais là-bas by Guillaume Apollinaire, Paris, Louis Broder éditeur, 1962

73.1 x 47 cm

Numbered in pencil lower left, signed by the artist in pencil lower right

Printed by Féquet and Baudier, Paris

Catalog raisonné : Vallier 181

Very early in his work, around 1929, Georges Braque used the "bird" motif. A recurring theme right up to the end of his life, it may be thought that the artist was seeking to represent lightness, freedom and escape. Always using the woodcut technique,

Here, the black bird seems to be flying over a green plain.