Georges Braque

The Church of Carrières-Saint-Denis

1909

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 546 x 462 mm
Collection
Lent by a private collector 2006
On long term loan
Reference
L02668

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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.

Gallery label, May 2012