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Georges Braque (1882-1963)
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Hommage à J. S. Bach, 1956
 Georges Braque 

Hommage à J. S. Bach, 1956  - click to enlarge

L'Aquarium (The Aquarium)
 Georges Braque 

L'Aquarium (The Aquarium) - click to enlarge

La Forêt (The Forest) from Lettera amorosa, 1963
 Georges Braque 

La Forêt (The Forest) from Lettera amorosa, 1963 - click to enlarge

La Nappe Jaune (The Yellow Tablecloth)
 Georges Braque 

La Nappe Jaune (The Yellow Tablecloth) - click to enlarge

Le coq, 1952
 Georges Braque 

Le coq, 1952 - click to enlarge

Les Champs
 Georges Braque 

Les Champs - click to enlarge

Les Marguerites
 Georges Braque 

Les Marguerites - click to enlarge

Nature morte aux citrons (Still Life with Lemons), c. 1960
 Georges Braque 

Nature morte aux citrons (Still Life with Lemons), c. 1960 - click to enlarge

Nature morte aux fruits, 1950
 Georges Braque 

Nature morte aux fruits, 1950 - click to enlarge

Nature Morte à la Pipe (Still Life with Pipe), 1959
 Georges Braque 

Nature Morte à la Pipe (Still Life with Pipe), 1959 - click to enlarge

Page 47 from If I Die Over There
 Georges Braque 

Page 47 from If I Die Over There - click to enlarge

Poissons (Fish)
 Georges Braque 

Poissons (Fish) - click to enlarge

Vase de Fleurs Jaunes (Vase of Yellow Flowers), 1960
 Georges Braque 

Vase de Fleurs Jaunes (Vase of Yellow Flowers), 1960 - click to enlarge
   

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Biography

Georges Braque was born on May 13, 1882, in Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France. Braque grew up in Le Havre and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts there from about 1897 to 1899. Braque left for Paris to study under a master decorator to receive his craftsman certificate in 1901. From 1902 to 1904, he painted at the Académie Humbert in Paris, where he met Marie Laurencin and Francis Picabia. By 1906, Braque’s work was no longer Impressionist but Fauve in style; after spending that summer in Antwerp with Othon Friesz, Braque showed his Fauve work the following year in the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. Braque's first solo show was at Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler’s gallery in 1908. From 1909, Pablo Picasso and Braque worked together in developing Cubism; by 1911, their styles were extremely similar. In 1912, they started to incorporate collage elements into their paintings and to experiment with the papier collé (pasted paper) technique. Their artistic collaboration lasted until 1914. Braque served in the French army during World War I and was wounded; upon his recovery in 1917, he began a close friendship with Juan Gris.

After World War I, Braque’s work became freer and less schematic. His fame grew in 1922 as a result of an exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. In the mid-1920s, Braque designed the decor for two Sergei Diaghilev ballets. In 1931, Braque made his first engraved plasters and began to portray mythological subjects. His first important retrospective took place in 1933 at the Kunsthalle Basel. He won First Prize at the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, in 1937.

During World War II, Braque remained in Paris. His paintings at that time, primarily still lifes and interiors, became more somber. In addition to paintings, Braque also made lithographs, engravings, and sculpture. From the late 1940s, he treated various recurring themes, such as birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes. In 1954, he designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris.

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