Viaduct at L’Estaque∞ Georges Braque 1908 Oil on Canvas Centre Georges Pompidou Musée National d'Art Moderne Paris
“Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.”
Georges Braque developed his painting skills while working for his father, a house decorator. He moved to Paris in 1900 to study where he was drawn to the work of the Fauve artists, including Matisse, Derain and Dufy, as well as the late landscapes of Cézanne. Meeting Picasso marked a huge turning point in Braque’s development and together they evolved as leaders of Cubism, and modern art. After a brief interlude in which he was called up to fight in the First World War, Braque’s style developed in the direction he was to follow for the rest of his life. In establishing the principle that a work of art should be autonomous and not merely imitate nature, Cubism redefined art in the twentieth century. Braque’s large compositions incorporated the Cubist aim of representing the world as seen from a number of different viewpoints. He wanted to convey a feeling of being able to move around within the painting. The still life subject remained his chief preoccupation from 1927 to 1955.Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson, "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works"