Georges Braque
The Church of Carrières-Saint-Denis 1909

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Georges Braque 1882–1963
The Church of Carrières-Saint-Denis
Date 1909
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 546 x 462 mm
Lent by a private collector 2006
On long term loan
Not on display

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This is one of four paintings that Braque made at Carrières-Saint-Denis outside Paris in October 1909. The town is clearly recognisable, but it has been reconstructed through a web of finely drawn lines and an insistent rhythm of linked planes. Braque’s fluidity between these planes (which he described as ‘passage’) helped to emphasise the painted surface. Such landscapes played a crucial role in Braque’s development of cubism from Cézanne’s pictorial language.

May 2012

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