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Braque & Picasso

Posted on October 6, 2014 by aks

I love these online courses by MoMA – or maybe what thrills me is having the opportunity to learn about artists who are legendary but still not truly known. For example, I know very little about Braque other than he and Picasso are considered the ‘founders of the cubist movement’ in art.

What I didn’t fully appreciate is that Braque was a classically trained musician strongly influenced by music.  He, alongside Picasso, are also known for inventing the papier collé (pasted paper) method — a technique of pasting fragments of paper into still-life compositions. I can now see that the origin of collage is closely tied to cubism where the artist uses fragmented, cropped juxtapositions of forms that come to life in works like Braque’s Homage to J.S. Bach.

Homage to J. S. Bach, Georges Braque, 1911-2, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 28 3/4″


“The distinctive feature of the musical instrument as an object is that it comes alive to the touch.”

—George Braque


Also love this collage-like work by Picasso – so many visual references here…I love this!

Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso, 1921, oil on canvas, 6′ 7″ x 7′ 3 3/4″


I am currently exploring the concept of breaking things apart and putting them back together again — something that I can see and understand better in the context of cubism. Here are some initial works that I’ve been experimenting with in the studio. It actually felt a little disturbing to cut through sheet music even though this is just a copy – an interesting feeling to explore further too.

partita-deconstruction   partita-deconstruction-2