A friend sent me a beautiful card made up of collage. It made me think of George Braque whose collages I find compelling.

Born in 1882, Braque was a French draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. He was also a painter and collagist. He and Picasso worked closely together and actually legitimized the genre. The method evolved from their Cubist approach (innovative at that time).

Here are a couple of Braque’s collages, as well as one painting that I added because I just love it so much.

By the way, Picasso too was a collagist and I’ll follow up with a blog about his works as well.

Fruit Dish and Glass – 1912

This was one of Braque’s first collages. It’s likely the most famous and first Cubist collage. To achieve it, he attached pieces of wallpaper to a charcoal drawing.

This work came about after Braque had noticed the faux bois wallpaper displayed in a shop window.

This collage marked a turning point in Cubism.

Aria de Bach -1913

Braque loved the work of Bach and even created this homage to him. If I understand correctly, some of Braque’s other works also include Bach’s initials.

Interestingly, his initials form a four note musical motif in German (B-flat, A, C, B-natural), which many composers -notably Bach – have used in their music,.

Art historians have actually made comparisons between Bach’s use of interdependent, and simultaneously independent, harmonies in his compositions – and Braque’s angles and perspectives.

When you listen to Bach’s fugues, you can feel the parallel between his approach and that of Braque’s.

Though guitars, mandolins and other instruments appear in his works, Braque was a musical painter the canvas.

The Violin and Candlestick – 1910

Though not a collage, it’s one of my favorite paintings of his so why not showcase it!

This still life uses oil painted on canvas. Though it’s monochromatic, he manages to make it so colorful!

He fragmented and compressed the objects then reconstructed them in multiple point-perspectives.

Some of the objects, like the violin and candle, are clear and darker, thus attracting the eye. However, the violin is placed on the left side which compels us to take in the different parts of the painting. It’s just such a masterful way of giving the eye a place to go and then wander.

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