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31 July 2012

Georges Braque
 Pipes in Art
"..in the still-life you have a tactile, I might almost say a manual space.. This answered to the hankering I have always had to touch things and not merely see them.. In tactile space you measure the distance separating you from the object, whereas in visual space you measure the distance separating things from each other. This is what led me, long ago, from landscape to still-life"

Thus explained the French artist Georges Braque, who along with Pablo Picasso founded the Cubist style of the early twentieth century. Though Picasso is more of a household name today (at least outside of France), Braque, if anything, concentrated in a more focused manner upon Cubism in his work, while Picasso was more inclined towards dallying with or incorporating other stylistic elements and approaches. Indeed, the very recorded origins of the term "Cubism", via French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, lay in the describing of Braque's works as being "full of little cubes". This isn't a case of one artist gaining credit over another however - Braques and Picasso in fact worked side-by-side, in a very close artistic friendship, developing Cubism, with one result being that the artworks of each from part of this formative period could easily be passed off to most of us as having been the work of the other.

As suggested by the opening quote to this entry, Braque possessed a great affection for the still life on account of its intimate qualities, as well as its innate suitability to experimentation with perspective. Given both his appreciation of that relationship between art and viewer that it allowed, and the time-period in which Georges lived and worked, it should come as little surprise to we aficionados of tobacciana that the pipe made quite a few appearances within his compositions:

Still Life with Jugs and Pipe, 1906

Still Life with Jugs and Pipe, 1906
(One of Braque's pre-Cubist, Fauvist works.)

 

Violin and Pipe (le Quotidien), 1913

Violin and Pipe (le Quotidien), 1913

 

Bottle, 1914

Bottle, 1914

 

The Round Table, 1929

The Round Table, 1929

 

Still Life on Table, 1918

Still Life on Table, 1918

Still Life with Guitar on Table, 1918

Still Life with Guitar on Table, 1918

Cafe Bar, 1919

Cafe Bar, 1919

 

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Posted by eric at 12:00 PM | Link | 1 comment

Re: Georges Braque
What a great post. Thanks for reacquainting me with the guy who wasn't Pablo Picasso :-)

Posted by whitsdad on July 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM



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