French artist born in 1882. Braque studied in
Paris where he was inspired by the Fauve
paintings of Matisse, Derain and Dufy. A meeting
with Pablo Picasso made a significant impact and
together they are the leaders of the Cubist
Braque's early work was in the Impressionist
manner but during 1906/7 his paintings followed
the Fauve style, exhibiting bold color and
rhythmic lines. After visiting Cezanne's
exhibition at the Salon d'Automne he adopted a
totally different style.
In 1912 Braque married Marcelle Lapre. Braque's
military service interrupted his career, and in
1915 he was critically wounded and would not
paint for a further two years. When he moved to
the coast of Normandy the subject of his
paintings changed to that of bathers, beach
scenes and seascapes. In 1937 he completed the
famous "Woman with Mandolin.
Braque died in 1963 in Paris.