The French painter Georges Braque was one of the major painters of the twentieth century, whose partnership with Picasso from 1908-1914 generated Cubism in pre-World War I Paris.
Braque was the son of a house painter who ascended to the family trade but at the same time was studying, part-time, at the local art school.
Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) captivated Braque, whose 1908 Grand Nu was clearly a response to the Spanish painter's new initiative. Their subsequent association produced the Cubist movement. Braque's contributions included the introduction of overlapping planes, the use of letters in composition, and, after Picasso's developed collage, Braque created papier colle.
Braque enlisted during World War I, effectively ending the partnership, although his personal Cubist vision continued after the war.
To view some samples of Braque's work, click below.