Georges Braque

Early Life

George Braque born on May 13th 1882 in Argenteuil France. At the age of 15 Braque enrolled in an evening course at the Le Havre Academy of Fine Arts. After leaving school at the age of 17 for a yearlong apprenticeship as a house painter and interior decorator first in Le Havre and then in Paris. Braque moved on to study at Paris private academy and shortly at the acclaimed École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. In the spring of 1907 Braque exhibited six paintings at the Paris Salon des Indépendants and sold them all. Later that year he signed a contract with a dealer, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, who had recently opened a small Paris gallery destined to play an important role in the history of modern art. The French painter was one of the important revolutionaries of 20th century.




The movement known as “Cubism” emerged from the collaboration of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, It is impossible to say which of the two was the inventor of the revolutionary new style, as they exchanged ideas almost daily the collaboration was influenced by both artists in an equal right. Picasso was the one to first implement the initial liberating shock of the painting style. It was Braque however who provided much of the early use of geometric forms. The volumes, sober colouring, and warped perspective. During the summer of 1908, in southern France, he painted a series of radically innovative canvases, in his paintings he used what was called the Analytical phase of Cubism. After these works were rejected by the Salon d’Automne, Braque had a show at Kahnweiler’s gallery and provoked a remark about “cubes” from the Paris critic Louis Vauxcelles that soon turned into a stylistic label.

International acclaim

By the 1920s Braque was an established modern master and a part of the well-to-do cultural circles of French society. Working in Paris most of the time till he transferred his studio from Montmartre to Montparnasse in 1922. Three years later Braque moved into a new house, designed for him by Auguste Perret a Modern architect. In 1923 and 1925 he can gained commissions from Serge Diaghilev for the design of stage sets to use in performances and ballets. From 1922 to 1926 Braque created a series of canephors, of women carrying fruit. Along with this group he also created a series of cheminées, Fireplace mantel pieces with fruit and sometimes a

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