Georges Braque - “Bullfight Scene”
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Georges Braque was born on May 13, 1882 in Argenteuil, France, and raised in Le Havre. A slow deliberate student, Braque accomplished nothing much until he became, at age twenty, the youngest member of the group known as the Fauves and first came into prominence in 1906 as a Fauve painter In 1908, Braque produced his first Cubist canvases to which the lessons of Fauvism contributed. Braque with Picasso was one of the founders of Cubism- that style of painting which became the dominant style for the first half of the 20th century. At twenty-five, Braque met the twenty-six year old Picasso in his studio in November 1907 and became long time friends. In 1908, Braque took the lead in the cubism movement. His still lifes occupy an honored place in the history of this genre in which homage is paid to assembled objects of everyday life. Braque developed a mastery of textured surfaces, together with carefully calibrated tones and patterns; he emphasized shapes by forcefully bordering them. In 1912 Braque invented the paper collage, in which scraps of newsprint and ticket stubs were glued onto the canvas. Today, his works are highly sought after and are in major museums in the world.