Braque, Georges (1882-1963) Braque began as an apprentice in a decorator's
business, and hence his superb technique. He was at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in
Paris, but preferred to work on his own. By 1906 he was in the Fauve circle,
but by 1909 he knew Picasso well, and with him had started to work out the
basis of a new approach to painting that developed into Cubism. By the outbreak
of war in 1914 this close collaboration was at an end and his acknowledgment of
realism led to his vigorous and splendid still life and figure compositions,
with a perfection of balance and harmony between color and design, which he
continued to develop for the rest of his life.
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