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Seascape. L'Estaque

  • Georges Braque. ‘Marina. L'Estaque’. Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Georges Braque. ‘Marina. L'Estaque’. Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1906 (20th century)

Artist

Georges Braque

Cultural background

Fauvism

Original title

Marina. L’Estaque

It is one of George Braque's few truly Fauve paintings.

The houses of the little fishing village of L'Estaque, near Marseille, are just visible below a rocky promontory framed by trees. It stands out because of its arbitrary use of colour, with harmonies involving the whole colour range, and because of its large areas of unpainted canvas.

Although it has been compared to Matisse's "The joy of Life" - on which it may have been based - "Seascape. L'Estaque" displays a greater interest in conveying depth through the construction of receding planes. It should be remembered that Braque visited L'Estaque in the steps of Cézanne, whose influence led Braque - only a year later - to embark upon Cubism.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
59 x 72.4 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

Iconography
Landscape; Sea; Tree; House

  

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