Georges Braque

French (1882 - 1963)
Georges Braque Les deux oiseaux (Oiseau X) 1956 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021

Biography

Born 1882
Died 1963
Nationality French
Birth place Argenteuil
Death place Paris

Braque was brought up in Le Havre where he trained as a painter and decorator. He moved to Paris in 1900, later becoming associated with the Fauves. Influenced by Cézanne, from 1907 he abandoned loose brushwork for a more structured, geometric style. Picasso's work developed in a similar way and the two friends' work is often difficult to tell apart during the years 1910-12. Reviewing an exhibition of Braque's work in 1908 one critic wrote that he reduced everything to cubes and the derogatory term 'Cubism' soon came into being.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.