by Scholes, Robert
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Georges Braque (1882-1963)
Georges Braque developed his painting skills while working for his father, a house decorator. He moved to Paris in 1900 to study where he was drawn to the work of the Fauve artists, including Matisse, Derain and Dufy, as well as the late landscapes of Cézanne. Meeting Picasso marked a huge turning point in Braque's development. He changed from painting in the Fauve manner to cubism in a very short time around 1907, as he and Picasso developed this new style of painting in the years before the war. He was called up to serve in the army during WWI, and suffered a serious head wound. He continued to paint after the war, but most critics believe that his pre-war development of cubism with Picasso was his greatest contribution to art.