Georges Braque was a 20th-Century French artist. He was one of the creators of Cubism along with Pablo Picasso.
Braque was the son of a house painter, and as a teenager trained as a painter and decorator. But he took art classes in the evening and moved to Paris in 1900 to experience the art scene there.
His early paintings were in the style of Fauvism, a loose group formed around Henri Matisse who made abstract paintings with dramatic brush strokes and strong colours. But a meeting with Picasso changed everything. Braque saw in Picasso's painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon the beginnings of a new style. Together they would radically reinvent painting.
Braque and Picasso overturned many of the conventions of European Art. Cubist paintings such as Violin And Candlestick showed a still life or person painted from many different angles at once. The viewer had to work hard to decipher what they were seeing.
Braque served during World War I and suffered a head wound. When he returned to Paris, he distanced himself from Picasso. His paintings became more fluid, with less hard edges and with clearer figures and interiors.
Braque's most celebrated works include Man With A Guitar, Violin And Candlestick and The Billiard Table.