SELF INITIATED PROJECT. ARTIST RESEARCH : GEORGES BRAQUE

KMS7384La Port de l’Estaque (1906)

Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1983) was a multi-faceted artist who practiced as a  painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His alliance with Fauvism from 1906 and the role played in Cubism’s development were major contributions to the development of modern art. Braque’s work at the beginning of the 20th century  ( specifically between 1908 and 1912) is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso. Their respective Cubist works were indistinguishable for many years, yet the quiet nature of Braque was partially eclipsed by the fame and notoriety of Picasso.

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His works were initially impressionistic but upon viewing works displayed by the collective known as the ”Fauves” (Beasts) in 1905, he adopted the Fauvist approach ( the Fauves were a group which included the likes of Henri Matisse and Andre Derain). These individuals utilised bright colours to symbolise emotional response.

His works between 1908 – 1913 reflected his interest in geometric and simultaneous perspectives. Braces worked closely with Pablo Picasso, with both painting in similar fashion. Braque’s described objects as being broken into fragments, with fragmentation aiding to establish space and movement in space.  He believed that an artist experienced beauty ” in terms of volume, of line, of mass, of weight and through that beauty interprets subjective impression.”

Glass on a Table 1909-10 Georges Braque 1882-1963 Bequeathed by Sir Antony Hornby through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05028
Glass on a Table 1909-10

If anything, Braque’s approach to painting i.e. the breaking down of the subject matter to geometric shapes/forms and expressing these as fragmented pieces/objects which obviously followed his transition from an impressionistic style, is an inspiration to me. Evolution is necessary. Hence, I see myself going through such a phase with this project, putting into consideration that in experimenting with various other approaches, nothing is taken away from the context that the intended body of work holds. Rather, it is hoped that it will modified and give strength to my visual language as an artist while being expressive as well as communicate the intended message as well as generate an emotional response from the intended audience.

 

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Braque, Georges; Le bougeoir (The Candlestick); National Galleries of Scotland; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/le-bougeoir-the-candlestick-211173
Braque, Georges; Le bougeoir (The Candlestick)
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