This stunning seascape scene figures in a series of lithographs published by Maeght Ã©diteur, Paris which were inspired by Georges Braque's watercolors, gouaches, and paintings.
Created in 1962, this original color lithograph titled Les Champs displays the artist's mature expressive style. Hand signed by Georges Braque (1882 - 1963) in pencil in the lower right margin, this work is numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin.
The following is an excerpt from a catalogue published by Maeght:
"These graphics, whether etchings or lithographs were pulled on fine paper in limited editions, from 100 to 300, all numbered. In most cases the artist, himself chose the pieces and the printing process, which to him seemed most appropriate. He assisted in the execution of the graphics observed and directed the work of the engraver or lithographer, did the work himself when necessary, corrected the proofs and gave his final approval by signing each example (Vallier, 292.)"
Featuring earthly tones of brown, beige and black, this work features an extremely volatile landscape complete with mysterious fields and clouds. The use of full margins further accentuates the expressive as well as tonal qualities of the work. This composition is most likely related to an unidentified landscape possibly located near the Normandy Coast where Braque owned a home after 1930. While the work resembles the extremely dramatic coastline of northern France, it also functions as an abstract composition featuring a sense of energy and movement which is unique to Braque's later career.