French painter, collagist and sculptor Georges Braque is renowned, alongside Pablo Picasso, as the co-founder of Cubism, the artistic movement that revolutionized twentieth Century painting. A leading figure in European Modernism, Braque counted Picasso, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain amongst his friends and contemporaries.
Braque’s early work was characterised by a close adherence to the geometric forms and simultaneous perspectives of Cubism. However, over the course of his career, he developed a more personal style characterised by brilliant colour, textured surfaces, and the reappearance of figurative themes from landscapes and still lifes to, most famously, birds (‘Oiseaux’). Experimental by nature, Braque explored numerous media, developing a celebrated body of graphics and lithographs in the 1940s and 50s.
Georges Braque’s work is synonymous with the leading international collections of art, from the Tate Collection, London, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.