Title: Oiseau Bistre
Medium: Original Lithograph, 1960/1961, on Rives paper, with full margins, signed by the artist in pencil
Reference: Sothebys catalogue: “John Richardson : A scholar collects”
Size: 16 x 12 1/2 in. (sheet), 20 x 16 in. (frame).
Note: This was a gift from the artist to his friend, the writer, John Richardson. Richardson is perhaps best known for his magisterial biography of Pablo Picasso. He also was a great friend of George Braque and wrote a book about the artist which was published in 1959.
Edition: 61/79 There were also a few Hors Commerce proofs
Provenance: “John Richardson: A Scholar Collects” was a sale held at Sothebys in December 2020. a unique collection of more than 50 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and prints spanning contemporary art, Old Masters, modern art, and more from the renowned art historian and award-winning biographer of Pablo Picasso. Among the many remarkable works in Richardson’s collection are pieces he received personally from many of the leading luminaries of 20th century art, such as Picasso, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Georges Braque. The collection is comprised of works from Richardson’s Fifth Avenue loft, noted for its aristocratically bohemian interiors that mixed antiquities with modern and contemporary art for a uniquely eclectic style, and was recently chronicled in John Richardson: At Home (Rizzoli, 2019) with photography by François Halard.,
Reference: Dora Vallier “Braque: The Complete Graphics” Number 151, page 217
Maeght: Number 79
Fernand Mourlot: “Braque Lithographe” Number 98 (Pages 146/147)
Printed by: Maeght, Impfremeur-editeur