Georges Braque

(French, 1882 - 1963)

“Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.”

- Georges Braque


            Georges Braque was born in Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise and raised in Le Havre. There he trained to follow his father and grandfather’s footsteps to become a house painter and decorator. In the evenings he practiced serious painting at the École des Beaux-Arts from 1897 to 1899. He relocated to Paris where he was awarded a decorator certificate in 1902 and was acquainted with Marie Laurencin and Francis Picabia at the Académie Humbert.

            Early in his career, Braque painted mostly with an impressionistic style. However, an artistic group named the Fauves caught his eye and he turned over to Fauvism in 1905.  Fauvism utilizes bright colors with loose form to evoke strong emotion.  As early as 1907, Braque exhibited his first Fauvist works at the Salon des Indépendants. During the same year, he was greatly influenced by artist Paul Cézanne and his works that are reflected in the Cubism movement.

            Beginning in 1909 Braque worked closely with Pablo Picasso, so much so that Braque described the relationship “like being roped together on a mountain.” It is even noted that their work became indistinguishable at one point in time. Cubism was founded upon Braque’s vision of contemplation and Picasso’s celebration of animation.  They collaborated with collage and Braque invented a style called papier collé. Cubism spread like wildfire throughout Paris and Europe. The two founders were side by side until 1914 when Braque enlisted with the French Army to fight in World War I. It was the last time the duo would work together.

            Braque returned to life as a painter in late 1916- early 1917 after suffering a severe head injury during battle in which he experienced temporary loss of eyesight.  He continued to work for the duration of his life, and created many works including sculptures, graphics, and paintings. He is also credited with introducing Picasso to Fernand Mourlot; Braque produced many of his illustrations and lithographs at the Mourlot Studios.       


            Towards the end of his career, Braque was honored with retrospective exhibitions worldwide. His work remains in major museums globally, and will inspire for generations to come.


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