Published by Maeght, circa 1956, this color etching is part of a series of lithographs and etchings that were based upon Braque's original watercolors, gouaches and paintings. Braque was very involved in the printing process, overseeing either the engraver or lithographer, correcting the proofs when necessary. This particular image can be related to Still Life With Green Cloth of 1943 as well as Still Life of 1948. Hand signed by Georges Braque (1882 - 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin; also signed in the plate in black, 'G. Braque' in the lower right. Numbered 97/300 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Maeght Ã©diteur, Paris.
Offering a stunning impression, this image represents the evolution of the still life within Braque's career. With this image, the artist replaces the cubist formality of his early compositions with a fluid organic quality which would come to characterize the artist's later works.
Much of the success of this composition hinges upon the tonal brilliancy of the piece which has been exquisitely preserved. The artist's intense use of yellows and browns creates a sense of warmth that is further echoed in the iron tea pot seen at the left hand portion of the image. Braque contrast's the yellow foreground of the image with the dense brown of the background, further enhancing the luminous quality of the work. The coloristic rendering of the fruit is also remarkable for the artist adds tonal variations which create a sense of palpable succulents.