The Bank-Museum of Cultures and Landscapes of Hyères presents until September 25th 78 works by Georges Braque, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the birth of the artist.
Friend of Henri Matisse, Jean Paulhan and Aimée Maeght, Georges Braque (1882-1963) was the pioneer of many artistic movements. Influenced by the Fauves, he studied from 1906 the paintings of Paul Cézanne. In 1907, he met Pablo Picasso with whom he became a great friend. The same year, he painted the landscapes of L'Estaque with houses in the shape of cubes. It is Matisse who described this paintings as "cubist". Braque explores the rendering of still lifes in geometric shapes and the explosion of volumes that he stages in his "nudes".
He creates glued papers, uses the stencil and even creates in 1912 paper sculptures, unfortunately all disappeared.
Discreet, of great delicacy, Braque has delivered to posterity a work of beautiful coherence, where he continued by constantly reinventing it, and without denying it, the great French classical tradition.
Among his flagship works, the series of birds, two of which adorn the ceiling of the Henri II room at the Louvre Museum in Paris, as well as "Les Ateliers".
Although scarce, his engraved work is exceptional for its technical mastery, whether in wood engraving, metal engraving or lithography.
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