Braque’s Fauve Burst

Apr 10, 2013 4:03PM

The brilliant light and jubilant colours of Braque's Fauve landscape, Paysage à la Ciotat, 1907, exemplifies the style of painting that launched his career. The scene depicts La Ciotat in the south of France, where the colours of the landscape are amplified by the gleaming Mediterranean light. For Braque, the experience of painting this spectacle proved to be a revelation and changed his life forever.  “I was freed from the studios, only twenty-four, and full of enthusiasm,” Braque would later explain. “I moved toward what for me represented novelty and joy, toward Fauvism ... Just think I had only recently left the dark, dismal Paris studios where they still painted with a pitch.”  This painting is one of the rare examples from this key period of this artist’s career, and it is one of the few to come to the market in recent years.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening
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