Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)

Boréade

1961-1963
    Painted bronze
  • Cast by Henri-Michel Héger de Löwenfeld, Paris
15 × 21 × 2 cm
Signatures and Inscriptions
Stamped ΄BIJOUX DE G. Braque / BOREADE / HEGER DE LÖWENFELD / 240 BF΄ (on the verso)
Current location
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Athens
Floor 2nd
Tour Guide Code
277
Audio Guide

Birds are of great importance in Braque’s pictorial world. During a trip to Southern France, he succumbed to the charm of countless birds looking for food in those marshy waters. As he admitted: “Birds have inspired me […] I have to bury in my memory their natural functions as birds. This concept […] which has brought them to life in my mind, must be deleted, so that I can draw closer to my essential preoccupation: the construction of pictorial fact”. In 1952, when he received the official order to decorate the ceiling of a room at the Louvre, it seemed normal that he opted for two black birds with white outlines, joining together in full flight, as a subject.

In the present work, the flight of the white bird merges into an eternal embrace with another winged figure, above a sea hardly distinguished between the waves. The grace, delicacy and simplicity emerging from this composition cannot leave the viewer indifferent. Besides, who hasn’t indulged in a reverie before this enviable ability of the creatures of the air to fly?

The work Boréade, presented here, was carried out by Braque as lithograph, jewellery box and plate in relief.

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Georges Braque
(1882 - 1963)
Gender
Man
Nationality
French
First Name
Georges
Last Name
Braque
Birth
Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France, 1882
Death
Paris, France, 1963