In this Dadaist piece, created by Georges Braque while working with poet Tristan Tzara, a flower emerges from several puddles of ink, which resemble the buds of other plants. Behind the foremost bud and the flower itself, a light blue shadow exists, mimicking the form of the surrounding plants.
Working with Dada poet and artist Tristan Tzara, Braque created this etching in 1955. The piece is that of a flower which breaks away from tradtional rules of composition, an inky quality taking over the plant.
Verso, inscribed in red paint, l. portion of upper member of stretcher: 58.32; in black marker(?), u.l. of canvas: M - 1955 50" x 68"/James Brooks; label, center horizontal support member, far l.: The Lannan Foundation [typescript]/DMFA [letterpress]; to the r.: Exhibition [letterpress] James Brooks/May 10 - June 25, 1972 [typescript]/Artist [letterpress]/Title [letterpress] Martoc [underlined; typescript]/Date [letterpress] 4-19-72 [typescript]; to the r.: Receipt No [letterpress] 679 [typescript]; to the r.: Box [letterpress]/dallas museum of fine arts [letterpress] - fair park - dallas, texas; label, to the r.: 1958.32/BROOKS, James/Martoc/PAINTING/69 1/2 x 51 1/4 (framed) [typescript];label, l. horizontal support bar, far l.: Museum of Modern Art [letterpress]/LOAN/57.409/Stable G [typescript]; label to the r.: GRACE BORGENICHT GALLERY/61 East 57 Street New York 22, N.Y. [letterpress]/ARTIST [letterpress] James Brooks [typescript] PRICE [letterpress]/TITLE [letterpress] M-1955 [typescript] MEDIUM [letterpress] oil [typescript]; label, bot. portion of vertical support member: WS BUDWORTH & SON, INC./PACKERS & SHIPPERS OF WORKS OF ART/424 West 52nd St., New York, N.Y./ESTABLISHED 1867 [in white letterpress on blue]/54 [in black ballpoint pen on white]