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GEORGES BRAQUE (French / 1882-1963)

Georges Braque was born in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, but moved to Le Havre at the age of eight. In Le Havre he studied the flute with Gaston Dufy, the brother of Raoul. His father, who was a painter-decorator by trade, was also an amateur artist, and encouraged Georges to attend night classes at the Le Havre Beaux-Arts. In 1900 Braque moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian, alongside Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy. Georges Braque was one of the founders of Fauvism alongside Friesz, Dufy, Matisse and others, but under the influence of Cezanne soon broke away to found Cubism alongside Pablo Picasso. The years 1907-1914 saw Braque and Picasso working together so closely that Picasso even joked that Braque was “my wife”, but this period of intense artistic achievement was brought to an end by WWI. Braque was called up, and suffered a serious head wound in 1915, after which he was invalided out of the army. He only returned to painting in 1917, after which (like Picasso) he moved away from the intellectual severity of pure Cubism. He declared, “A good painting never stops giving of itself.”

See also:

RAOUL DUFY
OTHON FRIESZ
HENRI LAURENS
HENRI MATISSE
PABLO RUIZ PICASSO

Selected prints by GEORGES BRAQUE

Female costume
design for Les
Fâcheux, 1924
Pochoir
Figure, 1939
Lithograph
Oiseau, 1958
Lithograph

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