Saturdays Artists Series, Part III: Georges Braque

El Hurgador [Arte en la Red]: Manos a la obra (IV) - Braque, Vereshchagin,  Nicolaou, Alpuy

The first thing I will say is that Georges Braque was a friend of Picasso…

The second thing I will say is that he was, together with Picasso, the creator of cubism

Braque was born in Argenteuil-sur-Seine, on the 13th of May 1882. His family were artisans and he grew up in Le Havre where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts from 1897 until 1899.

As of 1908 Braque began to disrupt and interrupt his lines and started to form geometric figures and break away from classical construction of the composition. He also introduced texts in his paintings and created the collage. After 1912 he began to develop more time to nature mort paintings and began to abandon the use of the geometric figures.

He moved to Varengeville-sur-Mer in 1930. Then, perhaps as a result of the Second World War, he started creating more sombre and austere works and as of 1947, he was not able to continue his work due to illness. In 1961 he became the first living painter to have a retrospective of his work exhibited at Le Louvre. He died in Paris on the 31st of August of 1963.

Reference cubism, Braque started painting in a way that he would superimpose surfaces with many angles, developing the painting from the form of a cube. He used very few colours during this phase. Later he developed analytic cubism, roughly lasting from 1909 through 1912. This type of cubism is characterised by objects that are progressively de-structured until the point that they become unrecognisable. The third form is synthetic cubism, which means it has unity of composition.

I must conclude by saying that Braque’s early works reflect a similarity with fauvism which was very popular in France from 1904 through 1908. His paintings, during this period, were very colourful and most were landscapes, considered pre-cubist.

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  1. Sheree · 4 Days Ago

    Now, I have heard of him!

  2. Brad Osborne · 3 Days Ago

    Well, I hadn’t left a comment here at first, because I was still trying to figure out my own thoughts about this artist. I do find his works pleasing to the eye. The repeated geometric shapes read like a painting made by putting sticky notes one on top of the other. Visually it is appealing to the eye, but it falls somewhere between surreal and abstract. Although I come away with a good understanding of the conceptualized image, I find little else that speaks to me on a deeper level. I would not throw his works out of the house, but I would not overpay for them either. Great post, Francisco!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 3 Days Ago

      You are so right Brad, perhaps that is why cubism did not grow and develop and just died, becoming an era in art history without development, not like abstract art which grew during the same time but is still valued and done today. T’hank you my friend.

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