Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is often given the lion’s share of the credit for inventing one of modernism’s most celebrated movements: namely cubism. But Picasso did not work alone. He collaborated with the French painter Georges Braque (1882–1963) to retool the lessons learned from the works of Paul Cézanne to construct a new type of painting based on geometry and simultaneous perspective. At times, between the years of 1908-1913, the two worked so closely together that it’s hard to tell the difference between the works by the two cubist masters. Yet Braque was as integral as Picasso in the invention of cubism, the art style the great art historian E.H. Gombrich described as “the most radical attempt to stamp out ambiguity and to enforce one reading of the picture — that of a man-made construction, a colored canvas.”
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition Georges Braque: A Retrospective will present 75 significant works of Braque’s art, including his early, bold fauvist paintings, his radical cubist compositions as well as his later still lifes and landscape abstractions. It runs from Feb. 16 to May 11. Click here for more information.