Georges Braque

(Argenteuil 1882 - 1963 Paris)
Georges Braque was born on 13 May 1882 in the French town of Argenteuil, a suburb of Paris, and was one of the most important French painters of the 20th century. Influenced by the works of Paul Cézanne, together with Pablo Picasso, he is a co-founder of Cubism.
Following the footsteps of his father, Georges Braque started his apprenticeship as a decorative painter in Le Havre in 1899. After completing this apprenticeship, which led him to Paris, he continued his education at the Paris Académie Humbert, where he studied art and was initially influenced by Impressionist trends. In 1905, Georges Braque got acquaintance with the Parisian "Fauvists" Andre Derain and Henri Matisse, whose bright colours impressed him very much, at the XXII Salon des Indépendants, where he himself exhibited several paintings. The following year the Salon d'Automne shows selected works by Paul Cézanne. The work of Cézanne, especially created in L'Estaque, fascinates Braque and makes him follow his model and spend the autumn of 1906, as well as the coming summer, painting in the same place. In 1907, Georges Braque met Pablo Picasso, with whom he was later to join a close friendship. Together they dealt extensively with Cézanne's partly strict, tectonic-geometric constructional principles and developed their cubistic painting style. In the course of time, Braque develops different techniques within cubism and deals extensively with still life. After a long-lasting, intense collaboration with Picasso, Braque began to break away from cubism from 1918, marked by the intensified use of color and lighter lines. Alongside the painterly works of Braque, later, numerous etchings, lithographs and woodcuts are also being created, with which Braque seeks to discover new realities. After World War I and its serious injury, the unbearable risk-taking vanished in Braque's paintings. The longing for harmony drives him and leads him to neoclassicism in the 30s. His life was characterized by the search for a real image reality, in which cubism represented a short but intense interlude. On August 31, 1963, Georges Braque dies in his Paris apartment.

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