Figure (fragment) by Georges Braque
Figure (fragment), c. 1960, Georges Braque
George Braque (1882-1963) is one of the most technically skilled and influential artists of the 20th century. Along with his good friend and artistic collaborator, Pablo Picasso, he developed perhaps the most revolutionary artistic breakthroughs of the 20th century: Cubism.
Before his Cubist period, however, he was a member of the Fauvist movement, using bright bold lines and thick brushstrokes to draw attention to the importance of painterly experimentation and practice. Such interest in artistic experiments led to his fascination with geometry and Cezanne's use of perspective. More and more, Braque's works were transformed from loosely painted - yet still recognizable - landscapes and still lifes into a series of colored cubes.
Braque's works are thoughtful and intellectual works with cool color schemes, often employing little more than blue, grey, green and brown. This not only set the mood, but allowed the audience to focus on the lines and objects rather than becoming distracted with color. He employed the technique of fragmentation to capture movement and the experience of observation as a viewer does not simply see from one direction but turns to capture the object in full. Although he never achieved the celebrity of Picasso, he was a well-respected and revered modern artist who experienced great success in life and death.
In this original lithograph from Derriere Le Miroir, Braque skillfully captures the view of a woman, half-shaded by darkness. Her head is mid-turn, and even though the shadowing is not realistic, it summarizes the experience of witnessing a person from multiple angles as opposed to focusing on one view. The palette is typical of Braque's works, made up of pale pink, brown and green. Here, he uses thick white lines to emphasize the shape of the fragmented figure. This distinctly separates her from her abstracted surroundings that are mere blocks of color as the viewer zeroes in on the soft flesh and curved hair and lips of the woman.
- Onastasia Youssef
Sheet size: 14" x 10"
Condition: In excellent condition