Museum of Modern Art - Georges Braque
June 29 till September 28 2003
For the first time in Greece, the Museum of Modern Art (Vasilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation), hosts, from June 29 till September 28, 2003, works of the great French painter Georges Braque (1882-1963). The man who, with Pablo Picasso, originated cubism and the cubist style, and became one of the major figures of 20th-century art, will be represented through a series of sculptures, paintings and graphics from all his creative phases.
Originally impressed by Matisse and Derain with the brilliant colors and a loose structure of forms, he later shifted his attention to the paintings of Paul Cezanne and his strangely distorted forms and unconventional perspective, to finally paint in the manner that came to be called cubist. His intense study of the effects of light and perspective, led him to question most standard artistic conventions. In this way Braque called attention to the very nature of visual illusion and artistic representation.
His close work with Picasso produced paintings of neutralized color and complex patterns of faceted form, now called analytic cubism, while experimenting with collage at the same time. This fertile collaboration ended during World War I, when Braque was seriously wounded.
Braque continued tirelessly to work, producing a considerable number of distinguished paintings, graphics, and sculptures, developing a more personal style, characterized by brilliant color and textured surfaces and, later, by the human figure.