Georges Braque  (French, 1882-1963) 

Georges Braque (French, born May 13, 1882–died August 31, 1963) was a major painter and sculptor, whose crucial contribution to the history of art was his role in the development of Cubism. Born in Argenteuil, Braque grew up in Le Havre, and trained there to be a decorator and house painter, like his father and grandfather. However, he also studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre from 1897 to 1899. In 1900, Braque moved to Paris to apprentice with a decorator, and subsequently studied at the Académie Hubert until 1904, where he met French artists Marie Laurencin (French, 1885–1956) and Francis Picabia (French, 1879–1953). In Paris, Braque was drawn to the work of the Fauves, such as Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) and André Derain (French, 1880–1954), and the young artist adopted a Fauvist style marked by loosely-structured forms and brilliant colors. Braque was also increasingly influenced by the late landscapes of Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906); a 1907 Cézanne retrospective at the Salon d’Automne greatly impacted the direction of the Paris avant-garde, and ushered in the developments of Cubism.

Braque’s oil paintings from 1908 until 1913 were marked by an attention to geometry and fragmented perspective, questioning the standards of artistic representation at the time. Braque met Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) in the fall of 1907, and began to work closely with him in 1909; the association would accelerate both artists’ explorations of Cubist ideas. Both residents of Montmartre, the two artists produced largely monochromatic paintings of sequential forms, which were at times indistinguishable from the other. Braque and Picasso began to experiment with papier collé and collage in 1912. The fruitful collaboration between the two artists continued until the outbreak of World War I in 1914, when Braque left Paris to enlist in the French Army. Severely wounded in the war, Braque resumed painting in 1917. His highly-personal style would continue to evolve for the remainder of his life across mediums such as paintings, graphics, and sculptures, gradually moving away from the harsher abstractions of Cubism, and incorporating more figurative elements. By the time of his death in 1963, Braque was considered a mentor of the School of Paris and a leader of Modern Art.

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Georges Braque, Mythological Figure


Georges Braque
Mythological Figure

Gilden's Arts UK
After Georges Braque, Hommage à J.-S. Bach


After Georges Braque
Hommage à J.-S. Bach

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Georges Braque, White Leaf Form - White Flower


Georges Braque
White Leaf Form - White Flower

Leslie Feely Fine Art
Georges Braque, The Studio / L'Atelier


Georges Braque
The Studio / L'Atelier
Gilden's Arts UK
Georges Braque, Theseus / Thésée


Georges Braque
Theseus / Thésée
Gilden's Arts UK
Georges Braque, Les Marguerites II


Georges Braque
Les Marguerites II

Galerie Dreyfus
Georges Braque, Bouquet de fleurs


Georges Braque
Bouquet de fleurs

Galerie Dreyfus
Georges Braque, Ciel Griss II


Georges Braque
Ciel Griss II
Georges Braque, Pot et Poisson


Georges Braque
Pot et Poisson

Galerie Michael Haas
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Georges Braque, Verre et journal (sold with 236B; set of 2)


Georges Braque
Verre et journal (sold with 236B; set of 2)


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Georges Braque, Bird of Passage


Georges Braque
Bird of Passage, 1961


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Georges Braque, Pichet noir et citrons


Georges Braque
Pichet noir et citrons, 1952
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1882   Born: Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France (May 13)
1897 - 1899   Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre
1901   Studied under a master decorator and received his craftsmen certificate
1901   Military service near Le Havre (length reduced to one year for artisans)
1902   Moves to rue Lepic and enrolls in the Académie Humbert, where he meets Francis Picabia and Marie Laurencin
1903   Goes back to the Académie Humbert. He studies the impressionists at the Musée du Luxembourg and in the Durand-Ruel and Vollard galleries
1904   Moves to rue d’Orsel in Montmartre and begins to work exclusively with nature. His first works are influenced by impressionism
1907   March: at the Salon des Indépendants, Braque sells six landscapes created in L’Estaque. This success confirmed his desire to become a painter. In March or April, Braque meets Picasso through the poet Guillaume Apollinaire
1915   11 May: Braque is severely wounded in the head in Carency, and undergoes surgery
1923   Creates the stage set for the ballet Les Fâcheux, by Boris Kochno
1925   Moves to his new house in rue Douanier, built for him by the architect Auguste Perret. He creates the stage set for Diaghilev’s ballet, Zephyr et Flore
1929   Sets up an atelier in his house in Varengeville-sur-Mer
1937   1st Prize, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA.
1947   Aimé Maeght becomes his art dealer and holds an exhibition of Braque’s works from 30 May through 30 June
1963   Died: Paris, France (August 31)
2013   Georges Braque - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
L’art en guerre. Francia, 1938–1947: De Picasso a Dubuffet - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913–present - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
A Taste for Modernism - Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Correspondences - ms2 – Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Lodz
Société Anonyme: Modernism for America - Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1913: The Year of Modernism - Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
1913 Armory Show Revisited - International Print Center New York, New York City, NY
Georges Braque - Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, Münster
Face And Figure In European Art, 1928-1945 - Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945 - Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
2012   L'Art en Guerre, France 1938-1947 - De Picasso a Dubuffet - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
Avant-Gardes - The collection of the Triton Foundation - Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Im Netzwerk der Moderne. - Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
20th Century Masters - Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
Georges Braque Antoni Tàpies - J&P Fine Art, Zurich
From Picasso to Koons. Artist’s Jewellery - Benaki Museum, Athens
2011   Pioneer Of Modernism - Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY
La Theogonie de Georges Braque - LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq
2010   GEORGES BRAQUE - ET SES AMIS - Galerie Siegel-Springmann, Freiburg
Georges Braque - Die Druckgraphik - Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen
Georges Braque - Arbeiten aus dem graphischen Œuvre und auf Papier - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
Georges Braque - Die Druckgraphik - Kunsthaus Stade, Stade
2009   Bank-Austria-Kunstforum, Wien, Austria
1991   Das graphisches Werk, Sammlung C. S., Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster, Germany
1990   Das druckgraphische Werk, Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz, Austria, Kulturamt der Stadt Klagenfurt, Austria, Landessammlungen Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria
1988   Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, München, Germany, Solomon-R.-Guggenheim-Museum, New York, USA
1960   Retrospective organized by the Kunsthalle of Basel from 9 April through 29 May
1960   Exhibition of his graphical work at the National Library in Paris.
1957   Exhibition of The Sculpture of Georges Braque at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
1956   Exhibitions in Edinburgh and at the Tate Gallery in London.
1952   September to October: exhibition in Tokyo.
1949   Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Museum in Cleveland.
1945   Exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Beaux-Arts building in Brussels
1943   Exhibits 26 paintings and 9 sculptures at the Salon d’automne
1940   Retrospective exhibition in Chicago, Washington and San Francisco
1937   April 3 to 30: exhibition at Paul Rosenberg’s art gallery, including the Duos series
1936   November to December: exhibition at the Fine Arts building in Brussels
1933   9 April to 14 May: first retrospective of Braque’s works at the Kunsthalle in Basel
1924   May 2 to 21: first exhibition at the Paul Rosenberg’s Art Gallery
1908   First exclusive exhibition at Kahnweiler gallery which included a catalogue prefaced by Apollinaire
1907   Cézanne Exhibition at Bernheim-Jeune’s Art Gallery
1906   March: Exhibits seven paintings at the Salon des Indépendants which were later destroyed