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Georges Braque

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque is a French artist and founder of the Cubist movement. First an Impressionist and then a Fauvist, Braque was already an avant-garde painter before developing the movement, heavily influenced by the techniques of Paul Cézanne, coloring his canvases with bright colors and inventive compositions. After seeing Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) in his studio, Braque explored its fractured perspective and incorporated it into his own work. Picasso and Braque would develop the Cubist aesthetic, refining its dramatic points of view and introducing elements of collage into revolutionary works that challenged preconceived notions of illusionism, painting and sight. From this point on, the "Braque-Picasso Ropeway" begins; with these two artists constantly researching and confronting each other. "What the meeting between Picasso and Braque brings out is that the motif is no longer painting..." (Pierre Daix). Braque and Picasso are often referred to as "the founders of Cubism".

Braque never stops inventing: he sculpts paper, cardboard, he cuts and glues, he mixes sawdust, sand ... The artist will make the decoration of the ceiling of the Etruscan room of the Louvre on the theme of the bird. He thus became the first painter to be exhibited in the Louvre during his lifetime.

This theme will be the subject of many of his works, the bird and the star will be for Braque the symbol of Freedom: "Freedom is not accessible to everyone. For many, it is placed between defense and permission." Georges Braque

The artist died in Paris on August 31, 1963 at the height of a brilliant and glorious career, he was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and the most prolific.

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Georges Braque - Les Étoiles
Georges Braque
34 x 48 cm
Georges Braque - Août, oiseau dans son nid
Georges Braque
Mixed media
48 x 37 cm
Georges Braque - Pommes et Feuilles
Georges Braque
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Georges Braque's Career

During his high school studies, he attended evening classes at the École des Beaux-Arts where he rubbed shoulders with Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy, his elders. In 1899, he started working in the family business and learned the trade of decorative painter, which he perfected in Paris with Laberthe. Braque arrived in Paris in 1900 to perfect his craft training; he attended evening classes at the Ecole des Batignolles. In 1902, after his military service, he entered the Humbert academy in Montmartre and in 1903, he made a short stay at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bonnat's studio.

  • 2021-2022: Georges Braque. Erfinder des Kubismus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, September 15, 2021 to January 23, 2022
  • 2014: Georges Braque (1882-1963), Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas February 16-May 11.
  • 2013: Georges Braque (1882-1963), Grand Palais, Galeries nationales, Paris, September 18, 2013-January 6, 2014.
  • 2013: Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Lifes, 1928-1945 June 8-September 1, The Phillips Collection, Washington.
  • 2013 : Georges Braque, the craftsman, Georges-Braque museum of Saint-Dié, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, June 29-September 15.
  • 2012: Exhibition in the art museum of the Forbidden City Beijing China, September 9 to October 12.
  • 2012: Gallery of the University of Arts of Nanking gallery of the University of Arts of Nanking from November 20 to December 20111
  • 2008-2009: Georges Braque, Vienna, from November 14, 2008 to March 1, 2009, Art Center of the Bank Austria, museum of modern art installed in a former building of the bank.
  • 2007: Les Métamorphoses de Braque, Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche town hall, from January 13 to February 4.
  • 2007: Daum, the Georges Braque collection, works of crystalware executed after the artist's Metamorphoses. The magazine Connaissance des arts publishes a special issue devoted to this exhibition on September 3: Daum, la collection Georges Braque.

(Non-exhaustive list, many exhibitions are devoted to this master internationally)

  • Commander of the Legion of Honor (1951)
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford
  • Antonio Feltrinelli Prize in 1959 awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of the National Academy of Fine Arts of Argentina
  • Member of the Norman Society of Modern Painting
  • Member of the Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten
  • Grand Prize of Painting at the Biennale of Venice in 1948
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