Factories at Argenteuil
525 x 425 • 56 KB
Owner/Location: Private collection
Dates: 1888
Artist age:Approximately 40 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 165.1 cm (65 in.), Width: 82 cm (32.28 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 11 December 2002.
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Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso were the artists behind the Cubist art movement. In his younger years, Braque worked as an apprentice in a decorator's studio where he learned the tricks of the trade. He studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris but was more content to work on his own with little direction. He moved from fauvism to cubism after spotting some of Picasso's work which appealed to him tremendously. Braque and Picasso succeeded in their attempts to create a revolutionary new art form. They let the art world know and see that several points of view of an object could be viewed at one time. In addition, they put forward the idea of spatial reconstruction and they expressed perfectly the idea that even though depth could be "faked", painting is in fact a 2-dimensional art form.
(Entered by prayan visser at Saturday June 14th, 2003 10:28 PM.)

"Georges Braque developed his painting skills while working for his father, a house decorator. He moved to Paris in 1900 to study where he was drawn to the work of the Fauve artists, including Matisse, Derain and Dufy, as well as the late landscapes of C├ęzanne. Meeting Picasso marked a huge turning point in Braque's development and together they evolved as leaders of Cubism. After a brief interlude in which he was called up to fight in the First World War, Braque's style developed in the direction he was to follow for the rest of his life. In establishing the principle that a work of art should be autonomous and not merely imitate nature, Cubism redefined art in the twentieth century. Braque's large compositions incorporated the Cubist aim of representing the world as seen from a number of different viewpoints. He wanted to convey a feeling of being able to move around within the painting. The still life subject remained his chief preoccupation from 1927 to 1955." this text with thanks from artchive
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