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Georges Braque Artworks

French Painter, Collagist, Draftsman, Printmaker, and Sculptor

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Born: May 13, 1882
Argenteuil, France
Died: August 31, 1963
Paris, France
Artworks

Progression of Art

1908
Houses of l'Estaque (1908)

Houses of l'Estaque

Braque's paintings made over the summer of 1908 at l'Estaque are considered the first Cubist paintings. After being rejected by the Salon d'Automne, they were fortunately exhibited that fall at Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler's Paris gallery. These simple landscape paintings showed Braque's determination to break imagery into dissected parts. The brown and green palette here also predicts a palette that Braque employed in many paintings to come.

Oil on canvas - Museum of Art, Berne

1911
Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on the Mantlepiece (1911)

Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on the Mantlepiece

Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on the Mantlepiece is typical of Braque's subject matter, yet is unique as an early example of collage. In this painting, he stenciled the word "valse" to mean "waltz," in continuation with his interest in musical themes and instruments. "RHU" are first three letters for the French word for rum. Again using an exploded perspective, the viewer barely perceives a scroll in the lower right corner, which could allude to a human head, a violin or cello, or the mantelpiece in the title.

Oil on canvas - Tate Collection, London

1910-12
Bottle and Fishes (1910-12)

Bottle and Fishes

Braque depicted both bottles and fishes throughout his entire painting career, and these objects stand as markers to differentiate his various styles. Bottle and Fishes is an excellent example of Braque's foray into Analytic Cubism, while he worked closely with Picasso. This painting has the restricted characteristic earth tone palette rendering barely perceptible objects as they disintegrate along a horizontal plane. While there are some diagonal lines, Braque's early paintings tended to work vertically or horizontally.

Oil on canvas - Tate London

1913
Violin and Pipe (1913)

Violin and Pipe

Collage helped Braque to realize that, "color acts simultaneously with form but has nothing to do with it,". He made collages to inspire painting compositions, but also as works themselves. In Violin and Pipe, he chooses a stringed instrument as his subject matter. Since there is no concrete evidence that this is a violin, one can understand better how Braque is studying the shapes within the object and pulling them apart to move them around, as if shuffling a deck of cards.

Paper, mixed media, pencil on paper - ---

1925
Fruit on a Table-cloth with a Fruit Dish (1925)

Fruit on a Table-cloth with a Fruit Dish

The subject matter of this painting commemorates a banquet held in Braque's honor upon returning from the war. Picasso and Gris made headway in Synthetic Cubism, while Braque resumed the development of his own style, still Cubist, but more concentrated on color and texture. Fruit on a Table-cloth with a Fruit Dish shows a table display flattened out in the pictorial plane as Braque had done many times before, but here he replicates the texture of wood and marble, and even shades the fruit.

Oil on canvas - Centre Pompidou

1938
Balustre et Crane (1938)

Balustre et Crane

Balustre et Crane predicts a series of still lifes Braque created called Vanitas, in which objects symbolize agony or mental misery. He painted skulls repeatedly following his return from war and during the onset of World War II. In these paintings, Balustre et Crane in particular, Braque uses a bright array of colors to represent emotional reactions to the political discomfort he felt about the war.

Oil on canvas - Private Collection

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Paul Cézanne: Table, Napkin, and Fruit (A Corner of the Table) (1895-1900)

Table, Napkin, and Fruit (A Corner of the Table) (1895-1900)

Henri Matisse: Bathers by a River (1917)

Bathers by a River (1917)

Gustave Courbet: The Wave (1870)

The Wave (1870)

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