Braque the Fogotten Cubist Master

Although George Braque (May 13, 1882 – Aug. 31, 1963) was one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century his name is all but forgotten. He has received little credit for his efforts towards the creation of analytic cubism. Many art historians believe that his prestigious role as father of analytic cubism was cut short because of Picasso’s fame. Many arguments have arisen asking the question: “Who is the father of cubism?” There is no doubt that Picasso started the spark which ignited modern art movements with the creation of“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon..” But, soon after Picasso created this work Braque created “Houses at L’Estaque.” This painting started the analytic phase of cubism. With this in mind, it can be stated that Picasso is the father of modern twentieth century art and Braque is the father of analytic cubism. George Braque is one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century. He co-worked with Picasso to create cubism and helped spark all the future art movements of the twentieth century. As well as this, he was the influence that made Picasso the fame that he was to become.Braque has never received the recognition he should have because of Picasso’s fame, but his personal position in the art community was high and his involvement with World War One was a major culprits that aided in his downfall in artistic popularity.
“Who the father of cubism?”, has always been a question that has pondered the minds of art historians and scholars. It is clear though that both Braque and Picasso played their prominent role in the creation of cubism. Picasso provided, with his proto-Cubist “Demoiselles,” the initial liberating shock. But it was Braque, largely because of his admiration for Cezanne, who provided much of the early tendency toward geometrical forms. Braque’s early tendency towards geometric form and cubes wa…