Georges Braque

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Georges Braque (1882-05-131963-08-31) was a French painter and sculptor. Along with Pablo Picasso he was one of the creators of Cubism.


  • You see, I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence — what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry.
    • From "The Power of Mystery" (1957-12-01), a London Observer interview with John Richardson, as quoted in Braque: The Late Works by John Golding (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1997), introduction (p. 10)


  • A good painting never stops giving of itself.
  • Art upsets; science reassures.
  • Form and colour do not merge, there is simultaneity.
  • I believe my picture is only finished when the original idea is completely extinguished.
  • I have found painting to be a means of hanging up my ideas. This enables me to change them and avoid any fixed idea.
  • If a painting doesn't disquiet, what is it?
  • The painting is complete when the idea is obliterated.

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