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Print - Hera et Themis
  • Hera et Themis
    Braque, Georges, born 1882 - died 1963
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Hera et Themis

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (produced)

  • Date:

    1932-1939 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Braque, Georges, born 1882 - died 1963 (artist)
    Galanis, Demetrios, born 1880 - died 1966 (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.102-1949

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 54, box A

During the 1930s classical art and literature played an important role in the work of artists and writers throughout Europe, and especially in Paris, the cultural capital of the age. The interest Georges Braque (1882-1963) had in classical culture developed into something of an obsession, and when he was approached by the famous publisher Ambroise Vollard to illustrate a book, Braque chose Hesiod's Theogony. The story, as the title implies, revolves around the creation of the world through endless pairings and battles between the gods, two of which are seen here. The suite of prints is characterised by a linear style inspired by images found on very early Greek and Etruscan terracottas and bronzes.

Physical description

print on paper

Place of Origin

Paris (produced)

Date

1932-1939 (printed)

Artist/maker

Braque, Georges, born 1882 - died 1963 (artist)
Galanis, Demetrios, born 1880 - died 1966 (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

G Braque
1) Signature; brown crayon

45/50

Dimensions

Height: 36.8 cm plate, Width: 29.9 cm plate, Height: 53.3 cm sheet, Width: 37.8 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Georges Braque Hera and Themis :illustration to Hesiod's Theogony. 1932-1939

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dora Vallier: Braque:L'Oeuvre gravé. Flammarion, Paris, 1982
Una Johnson: Ambroise Vollard, Éditeur:Prints, Books, Bronzes. Musesum of Modern Art, New York, 1977
Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001

Production Note

The exact date of the printing of Hera and Themis is uncertain, although it is thought to have been among the earlier releases of the group. Plates for the entire suite had been completed by Braque by 1932, but Galanis worked very slowly; although there is evidence that some plates had been produced by 1936, Galanis did not complete the printing of the suite until 1939.

Attribution note: This impression is from the first edition. The suite was published as a book, with the plates trimmed of the remarques, by Editions Maeght in Paris, 1955.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Greek Goddesses; Mythology; Graeco- Roman Religous belief; Creation

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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