Georges Braque: L’église de Carrières-Saint-Denis (1909)

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Georges Braque (1882-1963), L’église de Carrières-Saint-Denis (1909), signed ‘G Braque’ (lower right); signed again ‘G Braque’ (on the reverse), oil on canvas, 21 ½ x 18 ¼ in. (54.6 x 46.3 cm.), Source: Christie’s

The Birth of Cubism

Painted in 1909, L’église de Carrières-Saint-Denis dates from the early moments of Cubism. It is in the late landscapes of Braque’s transitional period that the bare bones of the movement truly consolidated. Now, he had advanced on Cézanne in rendering form in two dimensions, and he needed only his return to his studio in Paris and his collaboration with Picasso for full-blown Cubism to be born. Pepe Karmel has related about the period from 1909-1910, “the dialogue between Picasso and Braque seems to have been most intense.” (E. Braun and R. Rabinow, Cubism: The Leonard Lauder Collection, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2014, p. 43).Braque’s most important artistic developments took place in the years leading up to the painting of L’église de Carrières-Saint-Denis. 

Source: Christie’s


“Thus L’église de Carrières-Saint-Denis is an

exceptionally rare work in showcasing the

state of Braque’s avant-garde vision just before its

incredible transformation with Cubism.

It marks the final culmination of his development,

of his growth and of his maturity as an artist.”

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. An intriguing work by Braque. Thank you.

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for visiting 🙂


  2. I do see how this was a step toward Cubism from the style of Cézanne. Carrière is the French word for ‘quarry.’ Big blocks of stone lend themselves to becoming the cubes of Cubism.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Steve. 🙂


  3. Braque has always been one of my favorite painters and I have studied some of his work quite closely. This picture particularly fascinated me. It looks very humble, has the lightness of a watercolor and yet is a solid milestone in art.

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    1. I look forward to learning more about him. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Zettl. 🙂

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      1. To me Braque is more “a painter for painters” and I see a lot of influence on other artists coming from him.

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  4. dawnmacroart says:

    This was a really interesting post.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, dawnmacroart. 🙂


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