Georges Braque: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Georges Braque.

  • Georges Braque was a French painter, printer and collage maker. He is considered to be one of the most important Cubist painters of the 20th century, along with Picasso.
  • Braque and Picasso created Cubism, one of the most influential 20th century art movements. The Cubists were interested in geometry and trying to show an object from different angles.

  • He was born near Paris in 1882 and, like his father, trained to be a house painter. However, he also spent several years studying painting during the evening at a Paris painting school.

Georges Braque

  • Braque’s early paintings were in the Fauvism style, a term that translated as wild beasts.
  • In 1907 some of his paintings were shown at the Society of Independent Artists, in Paris.
  • Braque and Picasso worked together painting and making collages from 1908 to 1914. Their paintings were often very similar, and many people could not tell them apart.
  • The term Cubism was invented in 1908 when an art critic saw one of Braque’s paintings. He described it as looking like dozens of small cubes painted to look like an object.
  • Georges Braque joined the French army when the First World War began in 1914. He was injured in the head the following year, and he took a long time to recover.
  • After the war, he moved to Normandy, France and started painting again. He met the artist Juan Gris and created a lot of still life paintings of fruit, musical instruments and cooking utensils.
  • Georges Braque died in 1963, in Paris. He was buried in the church of St. Valery in Normandy, northern France, whose windows he had helped to design.
  • Georges Braque’s paintings are on display in most of the world’s major art museums. His famous works include Ace of Clubs, Woman With a Guitar, and The Houses at L’Estaque.

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