Georges Braque (1882-1963), the most consistent of the original Cubist painters, was born in Argenteuil, near Paris, and brought up in Le Havre.

He first followed in his father's footsteps becoming a house painter. However, in 1902 he went to Paris where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Bonnat to study the fine art of painting.

Braque became enamored with the bold style of the Fauves. By 1906, he had adopted fauvism as his style and exhibited with some of them at the Paris Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. However, this all changed once Braque shifted his attention more towards the paintings of Paul Cézanne. It was Cézanne's distorted forms and unconventional perspective that led Braque to team up with Picasso to create Cubism. At the beginning, and until 1910, their paintings were so similar that many people could not tell for sure who produced them. This collaboration would last until 1914 when Braque enlisted in the French army. After being severely wounded, Braque went on to continue a solo career after 1917.

In 1948 Braque was awarded the Venice Biennale Grand Prix for painting. In 1951 he was made Commander of the Legion d'Honneur. He continued to create many paintings, graphics and sculptures until his death in 1963.


"House at L'Estaque" (1908) Oil on canvas, 73 x 86 cm - 28.75 x 33.85 in. Kunstmuseum, Berna, Swizerland.



"Musical Instruments" (1908) Oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cm - 19 3/4 x 24 in. Private collection.



"Studio with Skull" (1938) Oil on canvas, 92.1 x 92.1 cm - 36 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. Private collection.



"The Big Nude" (1908) Oil on canvas, 140 x 100 cm - 55 1/4 x 39 1/2" in. Private collection.

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Related Terms: Cubism, Fauvism.


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