Georges Braque

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A major 20th century artist, Georges Braque, is most well known for his collaboration with Pablo Picasso on inventing Cubism. Cubism is an eccentric style of painting where parts of an object are depicted in various geometrical shapes. Other works of Braque focus on still life, looking at objects from the perspective of using different colors, lines and textures. Braque was also a well known draftsman, sculpture, and printmaker. One thing that Braque did quite well were collages, based mostly on glued paper his collages had a reputation for being very creative. He also experimented with using cut out advertisements from newspapers in his collages.

Georges Braque was born in 1882 in Argenteuil, France. His family had an artistic steak with his father being a house painter and grandfather a decorator. After settling down in Paris, Braque initially experimented with the Fauvism style of painting, as he was a prominent member of the Fauves group.  It was only after a meeting with Picasso that Braque settled in on the Cubism style. Today Braque’s paintings are displayed in every great art gallery across the globe including the Tate Modern in London,  The Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Gallery of Modern Art and the Louvre in Paris. Despite their collaboration together Braque had his own unique style of painting; it focused on composition and space rather than have a strong narrative associated with it. Braque’s painting, The Viaduct at L’Estaque shows a harmonious combination of colors and composition. There is a perfect balance of bright and matte colors to accentuate the features of the trees in the landscape. In terms of his collages, Braque went to another degree altogether with further mixing of sand pigments, wood, cuttings and marble to get the perfect dimension for his final piece. Braque was also more fascinated with objects rather than figures; there has hardly ever been any human portrait or element in Braque’s art work. So strange was his fascination with objects that he also doused in using sawdust to give an extra definition to his paintings and collages.

Bottle and Fishes is Braque’s most handy artwork, as the name suggests the painting features bottles and fishes is different overlapping angles. The colors and texture showcase Braque’s extreme style. So harsh are the colors and te composition that he used that it is very difficult to make out the bottles and fishes in the painting. It takes a while before the eye can locate them in the painting. In Bottle and Fishes Braque has used an array of horizontal and vertical lines without any clear direction, they work in making the viewer get lost within the painting. Braque’s association with getting the composition and texture of his works right is attributed to the fact that he considered it as getting close to the objects he was painting. It also helped him add space and value to his paintings, there was a level of luminosity in his paintings which Braque believed he could not really capture with humans as the main subject matter of his paintings. As for his concentration solely on objects rather than human figures he used to state that an object had far more accessibility then a human face. This ideology is what made Braque a founding figure of the School of Art in Paris and of modern art.

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