This book and exhibition is released to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Georges Braque (Argenteuil-sur- Seine, 1882-Paris, 1963). The large retrospective in Guggenheim Bilbao Museum covers all the phases of the career of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. As one of the creators of Cubism, along with Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, and a pioneer of the papiers colle´s (glued papers), Braque focused his later work on the methodical exploration of still-life and landscape.
He was considered the French painter par excellence, inheriting the classical tradition and also a precursor for the abstraction of the post-war period. The book and exhibition highlight everything from his Fauvist period to his later works, culminating in the extraordinary series of major workshops and birds, with a special emphasis on the most significant phases of his work, including Cubism, the depictions of Kanephoros he created in the 1920s, and the landscapes from later on in his life.