Georges Braque, Les Amaryllis is an original colored etching on paper. This print is signed on the lower right corner of the work and numbered from the edition of 75 in the lower left margin. Published by Maeght, Paris and printed by Crommelynck and Dutrou, Paris. Vallier 125.
French painter, collagist and sculptor Georges Braque is, along with Pablo Picasso, renowned as the co-founder of Cubism, which revolutionized 20th-century painting. In his work, objects are fragmented and reconstructed into geometric forms, fracturing the picture plane in order to explore a variety of viewpoints.
Les Amaryllis depicts Braque’s focus more so on real interpretations, and focused much of his work on nature, and natural light. Even though this was the third stylistic change he had made in the decade alone, his work never seemed to stray too far from the Cubism style which he created. So, square, straight lines, and bold colors, were always seen in the images which he displayed on the canvas. There were always aspects of the cubism style, in every piece he created, regardless of which period he was working in, or which new style he was focused in on.
Les Amaryllis was made during the last few years of Braque’s life, when his ill health prevented him from undertaking further large-scale commissions, but he continued to paint, make lithographs, and design jewelry. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris.