GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963
Georges Braque studied from 1897 to 1899 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre before moving to Paris, where he studied at the Académie Humbert with Francis Picabia and Marie Laurencin.
He painted his first works under the influence of Impressionism - in the tradition of Paul Cézanne - and Fauvism in the company of his friend Othon-Friesz.
In 1907, he signed a contract with the young art dealer Kahnweiler who presented him to Apollinaire. The latter introduces him to Pablo Picasso's studio at the Bateau-Lavoir where the Spanish master has just finished "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". This is a revelation for Georges Braque. There followed a prolific collaboration between the two painters who would found and develop the Cubist aesthetic, influencing each other to such an extent that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish for certain works who is the true author. Georges Braque introduced for the first time in his works, letters and numbers from printing works which he painted with stencils, natural elements (sand, sawdust, iron filings), and also made collages, questioning the theories of traditional painting at the time. Although his subjects became more figurative as his career progressed, the artist nevertheless retained a strong symbolic charge.