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Inspirational Art Quotes by the French cubist artist Georges Braque
Born Georges Braque - Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, France - 13th of May, 1882 / Died - Saint-Marguerite-sur-Mer, Normandy, France on the 31st of August, 1963
Famous Georges Braque paintings included his cubist paintings. He and Pablo Picasso developed the art movement and over a five year period their works were almost indistinguishable from one another.

Georges Braque Quotes


  • "Whatever is valuable in painting is precisely what one is incapable of talking about."
    Georges Braque
  • "One must beware of a formula good for everything, that will serve to interpret the other arts as well as reality, and that instead of creating will only produce a style, or rather a stylization."
    Georges Braque
  • "You put a blob of yellow here, and another at the further edge of the canvas: straight away a rapport is established between them. Color acts in the way that music does."
    Georges Braque
  • "The subject is not the object; it is a new unity, a lyricism which grows completely from the means."
    Georges Braque
  • "The painter thinks in terms of form and color. The goal is not to be concerned with the reconstitution of an anecdotal fact, but with constitution of a pictorial fact."
    Georges Braque
  • "In art progress consists not in extension but in the knowledge of its limits."
    Georges Braque
  • "At that time I was very friendly with Picasso. Our temperaments were very different, but we had the same idea. Later on it became clear, Picasso is Spanish and I am French; as everyone knows that means a lot of differences, but during those days the differences did not count."
    Georges Braque
  • "By using a white paint applied to the canvas I make a napkin. But I am sure the white shape is something conceived before knowing what it was to become. This means that a certain transformation has taken place."
    Georges Braque
  • "It is the limitation of means that determine style, gives rise to new forms and makes creativity possible."
    Georges Braque
  • "I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence.. what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry."
    Georges Braque
  • "The things that Picasso and I said to one another during those years will never be said again, and even if they were, no one would understand them anymore. It was like being roped together on a mountain."
    Georges Braque

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  • "I started to introduce letters into my pictures. These were forms which could not be deformed, because, being two-dimensional, they existed outside three-dimensional space; their inclusion in a picture allowed a distinction to be made between objects which were situated in space and those which belonged outside space."
    Georges Braque
  • "There are certain mysteries, certain secrets in my own work, which even I don't understand, nor do I try to do so."
    Georges Braque
  • "The only valid thing in art is that which cannot be explained. To explain away the mystery of a great painting.. if such a feat were possible.. would do irreparable harm. If there is no mystery than there is no 'poetry', the quality I value above all else in art."
    Georges Braque
  • "I am always working on a number of canvases at one time, eight, ten. I take years to finish them, but I look at them each day. You see the advantage of not working from real life.. the apples would be rotten long before I completed my canvas."
    Georges Braque
  • "What greatly attracted me.. and it was the main line of advance of Cubism.. was how to give material expression to this new space of which I had an inkling. So I began to paint chiefly still life's, because in nature there is a tactile, I would almost say a manual space."
    Georges Braque
  • "To avoid a projection towards infinity I am interposing overlaid planes a short way off. To make it understood that things are in front of each other instead of being scattered in space."
    Georges Braque
  • "Critics should help people see for themselves; they should never try to define things, or impose their own explanations, though I admit that if.. as nearly always happens.. a critic's explanations serve to increase the general obscurity that's all to the good. French poets are particularly helpful in this respect."
    Georges Braque
  • "I couldn't portray a women in all her natural loveliness.. I haven't the skill. No one has. I must, therefore, create a new sort of beauty, the beauty that appears to me in terms of volume of line, of mass, of weight, and through that beauty interpret my subjective impression. Nature is mere a pretext for decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art. I want to express the absolute, not merely the factitious woman."
    Georges Braque

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