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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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "The subject is
not the object; it is a new unity, a lyricism which grows completely
from the means."
- "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."
- "In art progress
consists not in extension but in the knowledge of its limits."
- "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."
- "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."
- "It is the limitation
of means that determine style, gives rise to new forms and makes
- "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."
- "The things that
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."
- "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."
- "There are certain
mysteries, certain secrets in my own work, which even I don't understand,
nor do I try to do so."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."