Bird of the Woods or Bird XVII

Artist: Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
Title: Bird of the Woods or Bird XVII
Date: 1958
Medium: Color lithograph
Size: 19 1/4" x 21 1/8"
Location: Fourth floor
Provenance: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Braque is one the great artists and innovators of the twentieth century. He is especially well known for his invention of Cubism with Picasso. Braque's lifelong interest was the depiction of space and the relationship of objects within it. The art historian John Golding said about Braque's fascination with space, "the birds' trajectories describe and inform it -- the beating of their wings stirs space and renders it tangible." Birds were one of the major themes in Braque's art during the last two decades of his life.

Related Websites
- Georges Braque at Guggenheim Collection
- Georges Braque at Artchive
- MoMA's What Is a Print? (click "Lithography")

Suggested Readings
- Golding, John, Sophie Bowness, and Isabelle Monod-Fontaine. Braque: The Late Works, 1997.
Call Number: ND553.B86 A4 1997
- Wilkin, Karen. Georges Braque, 1991.
Call Number: N6853 .B7 W53 1991
- Rubin, William. Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism, 1989.
Call Number: N6853 .P5 A43x 1989
- List of all Brooklyn College Library Items by or about Georges Braque