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Quotes by Georges Braque - (65 quotes)

Georges Braque - From the Aging category:

With age, art and life become one. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Art category:

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Art category:

Art is polymorphic. A picture appears to each onlooker under a different guise. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Belief category:

I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Brother/Sisterhood category:

In those years Picasso and I said things to each other that nobody will ever say again, that nobody could say any more... It was rather like a pair of climbers roped together. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Clubs category:

Never join an organization. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Colour category:

One has to arrive at a specific temperature, at which the objects become malleable. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Colour category:

Colour could give rise to sensations which would interfere with our conception of space. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Colour category:

You put a blob of yellow here, and another at the further edge of the canvas: straight away a rapport is established between them. Colour acts in the way that music does... (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Communication category:

Whatever is valuable in painting is precisely what one is incapable of talking about. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Composition category:

I am interposing overlaid planes a short way off... To make it understood that things are in front of each other instead of being scattered in space. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Critics category:

Critics should help people see for themselves; they should never try to define things, or impose their own explanations, though I admit that if... a critic's explanations serve to increase the general obscurity, that's all to the good. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Cubism category:

What greatly attracted me - and it was the main line of advance of Cubism - was how to give material expression to this new space of which I had an inkling. So I began to paint chiefly still lifes, because in nature there is a tactile, I would almost say a manual space... that was the earliest Cubist painting - the quest for space. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Cubism category:

If I have called Cubism a new order, it is without any revolutionary ideas or any reactionary ideas... One cannot escape from one's own epoch, however revolutionary one may be. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Cubism category:

If we had never met Picasso, would Cubism have been what it is? I think not. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Destiny category:

Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Emotion category:

Emotion should not be rendered by an excited trembling; it can neither be added on nor be imitated. It is the seed, the work is the flower. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Exhaustion category:

Evidence exhausts the truth. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Expectation category:

In a painting, what counts is the unexpected. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Finishing category:

The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Finishing category:

It is the act of painting, not the finished painting. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Form category:

Colour acts simultaneously with form, but has nothing to do with form. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Goals category:

The goal is not to be concerned with the reconstitution of an anecdotal fact, but with the constitution of a pictorial fact. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Harmony category:

Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence - what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Ideas category:

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Illusion category:

Illusions... are simple facts, but they have been created by the mind, by the spirit, and they are one of the justifications of the new spatial configuration. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Imitation category:

We must not imitate that which we seek to create. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Improvisation category:

To work from nature is to improvise. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Intuition category:

'Poetry' is what distinguishes the cubist paintings Picasso and I arrived at intuitively from the lifeless sort of painting those who followed us tried, with such unfortunate results, to arrive at theoretically. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Limitations category:

In art, progress lies not in an extension, but in a knowledge of limitations. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Limitations category:

It is the limitation of means that determines style, gives rise to new forms and makes creativity possible. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Materials category:

I wanted to create a kind of substance by means of brush-work. But that is the kind of discovery which one makes gradually... Thus it was that I subsequently began to introduce sand, sawdust and metal filings into my pictures. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Meaning category:

Thanks to the oval I have discovered the meaning of the horizontal and the vertical. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Modernism category:

I do not think my painting has ever been revolutionary. It was not directed against any kind of painting. I have never wanted to prove that I was right and someone else wrong... (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Morality category:

Limited means often constitute the charm and force of primitive painting. Extension, on the contrary, leads the arts to decadence. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Movement category:

When objects shattered into fragments appeared in my painting about 1909, this for me was a way of getting closest to the object... Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Mysteries category:

To explain away the mystery of a great painting - if such a feat were possible - would do irreparable harm... If there is no mystery, then there is no poetry, the quality I value above all else in art. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Nature category:

Nature is a mere pretext for a decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Nudes category:

I couldn't portray a woman in all her natural loveliness... I haven't the skill. No one has. I must, therefore, create a new sort of beauty... (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Painting category:

The painter thinks in terms of form and color. The goal is not to be concerned with the reconstitution of an anecdotal fact, but with constitution of a pictorial fact. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Perfection category:

Work to perfect the mind. There is no certitude but in what the mind conceives. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Perspective category:

Perspective is a ghastly mistake which it has taken four centuries to redress. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Perspective category:

Scientific perspective forces the objects in a picture to disappear away from the beholder instead of bringing them within his reach as painting should. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Poetry category:

Poetry is to a painting what life is to man. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Progress category:

Progress in art does not consist in reducing limitations, but in knowing them better. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Questions category:

A painting without something disturbing in it – what's that? (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Reality category:

Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Repose category:

We will never have repose. The present is perpetual. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Revelation category:

I realized that one cannot reveal oneself without mannerism, without some evident trace of one's personality. But all the same one should not go too far in that direction... (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Rules category:

I like the rule that corrects emotion. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Seeing category:

Perspective starts from one viewpoint and never gets away from it. But the viewpoint is quite unimportant. It is though someone were to draw profiles all his life, leading people to think that a man has only one eye... (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Senses category:

It is not sufficient that what one paints should be made visible. It must be made tangible. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Signatures category:

I considered that the painter's personality should be kept out of things, and therefore pictures should be anonymous. It was I who decided that pictures should not be signed, and for a time Picasso did the same. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Signatures category:

I thought that from the moment someone else could do the same as myself, there was no difference between the pictures and they should not be signed. Afterwards I realized it was not so and began to sign my pictures again. Picasso had begun again anyhow. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Space category:

The space between the dish and the pitcher, that I paint also. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Spectator category:

I find that it is important to work slowly. Anyone who looks at such a canvas will follow the same path the artist took, and he will experience that it is the path which counts more than the outcome of it, and that the route taken has been the most interesting part. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Style category:

One has to guard against a formula that is good for everything, that can interpret reality in addition to the other arts, and that rather than creating can only result in a style, or a stylization. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Symbols category:

Take the birds which you'll have noticed in so many of my recent paintings. I never thought them up, they just materialized of their own accord; they were born on the canvas... it is absurd to read any sort of symbolic significance into them. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Technique category:

There is more sensitivity in technique than in the rest of the picture. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Truth category:

Truth exists. Only lies are invented. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Truth category:

Whatever is in common is true; but likeness is false. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Understanding category:

To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Unknowns category:

It is the unforeseeable that creates the event. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Unknowns category:

In Art there is only one thing that counts; the thing you can't explain. (Georges Braque)

Georges Braque - From the Work category:

One day I noticed that I could go on working my art motif no matter what the weather might be. I no longer needed the sun, for I took my light everywhere with me. (Georges Braque)



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