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J’aime BRAQUE!

Viaduc de l'Estaque

Le Viaduc de l’Estaque (1908)

Georges Braque Le jour 1929

Le Jour (1929)

George Braque portrait

Since my childhood in London, I have always adored from very early on, the works of George Braque. The colors, shapes, harmony, even the naivety of his work just all come together to

make sense.

The beautiful and generous Grand Palais has opened it’s doors to a retrospective of Braque’s and I really wanted to share it with you and some of his work.

l-oiseau-et-son-nid-George Braque

A bit of info on the man:

Georges Braque, along with Pablo Picasso, was one of the founders of the Cubist movement.

Born in Argenteuil (just a tad outside Paris) in 1882, Georges Braque spent his youth in Le Havre (Northern France) before arriving in Paris in the early twentieth century. There, he met Marie Laurencin (figurative painter) and Francis Picabia (a Cubist himself). Braque moved to Marseille (or L’Estaque to be totally precise) at which point he began painting colourful symetrical cubist frescoes, before then moving on to a very geometric approach after seeing the works of Paul Cézanne at the 1907 Salon d’Automne. His meeting with Pablo Picasso would prove a revelation to him (as I am sure you can quite imagine).

After landscapes, Braque became concerned with still lives that he deconstructed and simplified, always hinting at his inspiration by the fabulous Picasse. Not wanting to go the way of abstraction, he introduced letters and numbers stencilled into his paintings (which is a concept that was new, innovative and very avant garde). Braque died in Paris in 1963.

Enjoy with me some of his work and look him up on the web, on your art books, to (re) discover a man with an eye on the future of art.

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