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Georges Braque

French Painter, Collagist, Draftsman, Printmaker, and Sculptor

Movement: Cubism

Born: May 13, 1882 - Argenteuil, France

Died: August 31, 1963 - Paris, France

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"One must not imitate what one wants to create."
Georges Braque
"How is one to talk about color? .... Those who have eyes know just how irrelevant words are to what they see.
Georges Braque
"To work from nature is to improvise."
Georges Braque
"One must beware of an all-purpose formula that will serve to interpret the other arts as well as reality, and that instead of creating will only produce a style, or rather a stylization."
Georges Braque
"Art is made to disturb, science reassures."
Georges Braque
"[Braque was] a model of everything that is skill, serenity, and reflection."
Joan Miró

"Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented."

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Georges Braque was at the forefront of the revolutionary art movement of Cubism. Braque's work throughout his life focused on still lifes and means of viewing objects from various perspectives through color, line, and texture. While his collaboration with Pablo Picasso and their Cubist works are best known, Braque had a long painting career that continued beyond Cubism. Braque was also often dedicated to quiet periods in his studio rather than to being a personality in the art world.

Key Ideas

Though Braque started out as a member of the Fauves, he began developing a Cubist style after meeting Pablo Picasso. While their paintings shared many similarities in palette, style and subject matter, Braque stated that unlike Picasso, his work was "devoid of iconological commentary," and was concerned purely with pictorial space and composition.
Braque sought balance and harmony in his compositions, especially through papier collés, a pasted paper collage technique that Picasso and Braque invented in 1912. Braque, however, took collage one-step further by gluing cut-up advertisements into his canvases. This foreshadowed modern art movements concerned with critiquing media, such as Pop art.
Braque stenciled letters onto paintings, blended pigments with sand, and copied wood grain and marble to achieve great levels of dimension in his paintings. His depictions of still lifes are so abstract that they border on becoming patterns that express an essence of the objects viewed rather than direct representations.


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Georges Braque was guided from a young age toward creative painting techniques. His father managed a decorative painting business and Braque's interest in texture and tactility perhaps came from working with him as a decorator. In 1899, at age seventeen, Braque moved from Argenteuil into Paris, accompanied by friends Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy.

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille CorotJean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
Gustave CourbetGustave Courbet
Édouard VuillardÉdouard Vuillard

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Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
Juan GrisJuan Gris
André DerainAndré Derain
Henri LaurensHenri Laurens
Erik SatieErik Satie


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Years Worked: 1899 - 1962
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Arthur DoveArthur Dove
Wayne ThiebaudWayne Thiebaud
Peter DoigPeter Doig

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Paul RosenbergPaul Rosenberg
Ambroise VollardAmbroise Vollard
Daniel-Henry KahnweilerDaniel-Henry Kahnweiler


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