Georges Braque: Life and Work

Georges Braque: Life and Work

by Bernard Zurcher, Rizzoli

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the collaboration of Braque and Picasso that spawned cubism, Braque's contribution was greater than is generally assumed, suggests Zurcher in this lavishly illustrated monograph. He notes that Braque's intuitive and analytical faculties had been molded by Cezanne before Braque's contact with Picasso, who served as a ``release mechanism,'' at least in the early stages of their relationship. Zurcher ( Vincent Van Gogh ), who teaches at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, argues that Braque's work is all of a piece, from the fruitful paper collages of 1912-14 to his narrow, luminous seascapes and landscapes (1956-63), pure expanses of water, sky and land pushing nature to the abstract, and all employing a decorator's techniques to ``sensitize'' the surface of objects. Wearing his erudition lightly, Zurcher follows Braque through each phase of his career, from impatient Fauvist to dialectician of apples and pears who launched violent assaults on the deceptively serene spaces of his canvases. (Mar.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The subject matter of this book is marvelous: the instinct, vision, technical skill, and innovation that marked the long and varied career of 20th-century giant Braque. Zurcher examines the creative process in terms of technique and of subject matter. Unfortunately, the book is not up to the art it discusses. The writing is dry and detached (due to the translation, perhaps?), offering little of the variation and intensity of the art it describes; though the illustrations are excellent, their placement makes the text appear as random commentary. It is a pity that such a potentially important work should be so physically disappointing. Scholarly the aim, useful the bibliography, commendable the illustrations, but the reviewer's copy fell apart on first handling and sections were bound in upside down--giving a library shelf life of one week.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum Lib., New York

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