While the two artists' aesthetics converged at one point in their careers — influencing and playing off one another to develop what would eventually be coined Cubism — this creative dialogue was only one aspect of Braque's ever evolving style.
An exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Georges Braque: A Retrospective, on view through May 11, deservingly chronicles the journey of an influential and innovative painter who for too long, even in the eyes of the art cognoscenti, has lived in the shadow of another. The exhibit includes more than 75 pieces on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and from public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Houston is the only city show the exhibit outside of France.
Here we have an audio photo essay with insightful and entertaining commentary from Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator of modern and contemporary art. Greene illustrates just how important Braque was in shaping a path that would reimagine a genre that for centuries had been an illusionist window.
Let's begin by getting to know Braque, an athletic 6-foot-tall man. as photographed by Man Ray, an American avant-garde painter and photographer who spent the majority of his career in the City of Lights.
Man Ray, Georges Braque, 1922, gelatin silver print, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.