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Untitled (frontispiece)

Accession Number
2002/2.225

Title
Untitled (frontispiece)

Artist(s)
Georges Braque

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1960

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
15 3/16 in x 11 1/4 in (38.58 cm x 28.58 cm);25 in x 18 in (63.5 cm x 45.72 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet

Subject matter
This illustration served as a frontispiece for a portfolio which included eight lithographs by Braque and text by D. Suzuski, E. Herrigel, and Braque himself. The title of the portfolio was Le Tir à l'Arc which translates to "archery." In this work, Braque has employed the motif of a bird in flight. This symbol became a kind of obsession for Braque in the later years of his work. Braque once stated "The bird is summing up all of my art." The bird seems to be a symbol of the free and expansive range of Braque's artistic career which spanned more than half a century.

Physical Description
This print shows a blue cloud-like shape with a white bird on the top plume and band of sparkles near the bottom. The artist's signature and edition number are at the bottom. 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
archery
birds (motifs)
lithographs
portfolios (groups of works)
self-taught artists

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