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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1976.10.1
Object Name Print
Description "Couple D'Oiseaux (Pair of Birds)," 1960, lithograph by Georges Braque. Two stylized solid white birds with outstretched wings face each other on the composition center composed of a dark blue ovoid shape inside a larger blue hexagonal shape edged with black closely intertwined lines; rectangular gray border.
Below the left wing of the right bird are the initials "GB". Below the composition on the bottom right is written "20/300." The upper right rear has a paper backing with "#17950."

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
Couple D’Oiseaux (Pair of Birds), 1960
Georges Braque (1882–1963), French
Color lithograph
Gift of Fern and Manfred Steinfeld, 1976.10.1

Braque, along with Pablo Picasso, helped invent Cubism, an avant–garde movement that explored the depiction of space, ignoring traditional perspective and breaking down everyday objects into abstracted forms in order to show them from multiple viewpoints.

The depiction of space was Braque’s “great preoccupation,” and the bird, which appeared often in his later work, symbolized moving freely through space. In 1956 Braque noted, “I used guitars, tables, carafes, sand, and wallpaper to express what I had to say. Now it is the bird, which helps me to explain myself. I started on the Ground and now I am slowly moving toward the sky.”
Title Couple D'Oiseaux (Pair of Birds)
Date 1960
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Braque, Georges
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique lithograph
Dimensions H-11.687 W-13.562 inches
Credit line Gift of Fern and Manfred Steinfeld
Place of Origin Europe/France
Subjects birds