Georges Braque

French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor

Georges Braque

was born,
May 13, 1882,
in Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise.

A major 20th-century French painter. Braque’s early works were impressionistic, but transitioned into a fauvist style and -after meeting and working with Picasso [1909]- founded and developed Cubism, contributing to the history of art [big time!].

So here’s a glimpse of his work
The Large Trees L’Estaque

“Art is made to disturb, science reassures.”

Helios V

“Truth exists; only lies are invented.”

Glass and Plate of Apples

“Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.”

Guitar and Jug

“Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. ”

Glass on a Table

“Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. ”

Baigneuse (Le Grand Nu, Large Nude)

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.”

Nature Morte (The Pedestal Table)

“To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself.”

La Roche-Guyon, le château (The Castle at Roche-Guyon)

“With age, art and life become one.”

Port en Normandie (Little Harbor in Normandy)

“Emotion should not be rendered by an excited trembling; it can neither be added on nor be imitated. It is the seed, the work is the flower.”

Fruit Dish

“The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared.”

Maisons à l’Estaque (Houses at L’Estaque)

“The goal is not to be concerned with the reconstitution of an anecdotal fact, but with the constitution of a pictorial fact.”

Cinq bananes et deux poires (Five Bananas and Two Pears)

“In art, progress lies not in an extension, but in a knowledge of limitations.”

Plate and Fruit Dish

“Nature is a mere pretext for a decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art.”

Violin and Candlestick

“Progress in art does not consist in reducing limitations, but in knowing them better.”


“We will never have repose. The present is perpetual.”

The Viaduct at L’Estaque (Viaduc de l’Estaque)

“I like the rule that corrects emotion.”

Maisons et arbre

“One has to guard against a formula that is good for everything, that can interpret reality in addition to the other arts, and that rather than creating can only result in a style, or a stylization.”

Le Viaduc de L’Estaque (Viaduct at L’Estaque)

“It is the unforeseeable that creates the event.”

L’Olivier près de l’Estaque (The Olive tree near l’Estaque)

Braque with Picasso

La guitare (Mandora, La_Mandore)

I’ve chosen two pieces by Jules Massenet whose birthday was yesterday, May 12.

Méditation de Thaïs

Jules Massenet*

Violin: Maxim Vengerov
NDK Sofia
Conductor: Luciano Di Martino
and a second version just in case first won’t work for everyone…
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Piano: Lambert Orkis



Elly Ameling
and a second version…
Philippe Jarousky – Gautier Capuçon

* Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet

was born on 12 May 1842 at Montaud.
French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, [he wrote more than thirty]. Manon, Werther, Le Cid, Thaïs, Don Quichotte, Hérodiade… to name a few. However he’s also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, piano pieces, songs and other music.

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44 replies »

  1. This quotation stood out: “Art is made to disturb, science reassures.” I’d say that in recent years, and especially since 2020, much science has been so politicized that it’s not really science anymore and is therefore anything but reassuring. I’m sorry to have to say so, but that’s what we’ve come to.

  2. OH! Seems I left a message last time, but forgot to “Like”…Unless it’s one of those disappearing Likes”
    Definitely an amazing artist!

  3. Fantastic art, Marina!
    Didn’t know much about Braque’s work, but I know more now.
    Your music choices are perfect to view his work by.
    Thank you!!!

  4. Oh and I should add that all the while, viewing Braque’s work you gave us the pleasure of listening to those wonderful violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Jules Massenet… Thanks for that too Marina!

  5. George Braque was a genus and a giant of an artist. His work and the impressive variety of it lives on to confirm his greatness. When we lived in the south of France, in Vence for a few years, La Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence was a regular haunt for us, where we could see some his creations first hand. Though we are far from there now, we at least have beautiful retrospective book of his work, published by Maeght. Thank you Marina for bringing this to our attention, which helps make this day that much better for remembering George Braque…

    • Oh, how fortunate! These are treasures to remember… I’ve seen works of his at the Tate and I carry those memories vividly in my mind! So glad you enjoyed this reminder!

    • Thank you, my dear Holly. I love this painter… [and Massenet]. Funny how great artists were born in certain periods… for example February & March were so full!

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