George Braque 1882-1963 commemorated on new French stamps

George Braque 1882-1963 commemorated on new French stamps

La Poste issued a block of two stamps from the artistic series commemorating Georges Braque, French painter who passed away 50 years ago.

The painter's exhibition is held now at the Grand Palais, Paris until January 6, 2014.
A bit of history

Born in Argenteuil in 1882, Georges Braque, son of a painter, began painting under the influence of the masters of Impressionism, depicting mostly landscapes. He moved to Paris in 1900 and turned to Fauvism, thus abandoning the more traditional landscape painting he had studied previously.

He created his first major Fauvist works "The Port of L'Estaque" in 1906 and "Landscape at La Ciotat" in 1907. That's when he met Pablo Picasso, who became his friend and inspirer.

Under the influence of Picasso, Braque became a pioneer of Cubism, artistic language which became the mark of the artist. He chose this technique not to treat the subject matter from a single point of view, but by introducing multiple juxtaposed angles.

In 1912, Georges Braque begins using the technique of wood, newspaper or textile collage in some of his creations.

George Braque died at the age of 81 and was buried at sea cemetery Varengeville-sur-Mer, Normandy village.

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