Georges Braque

1882-1963

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Value, estimation and price of the artist Georges Braque

Price of a painting: 51,000 – 5 500,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 700 – 130,000 €

Estimation of a print: 40 – 11,000 €.

Price of a sculpture: 800 – 54,000 €.

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An artist at heart

Georges Braque is a French painter, engraver and sculptor, born on 13 May 1882 in Argenteuil and who died on 31 August 1963 in Paris.

He is one of the spearheads of the Cubist movement. Georges Braque is fond of new techniques and we can thank him for papier collé.

Preferring the world of art, he left high school without completing his baccalaureate and became an apprentice painter-decorator in 1899.

As a soldier during the First World War, he was left for dead in a trench but was rescued by paramedics the day after the assault.

He devoted the Second World War to sculpture and lived between Paris, the Pyrenees and the Limousin region of France.

Keeping his distance from the Vichy regime, Georges Braque refused to create and produce an emblem for the Vichy government. Similarly, he did not go to Berlin during the Salon d’Automne in 1943 where twenty or so of his paintings were nevertheless exhibited.

Two years after his death, in 1965, his wife donated fourteen paintings and five sculptures. These works will never leave France, to respect the painter’s wishes.

Recognition during his lifetime

In 1952, the director of the Museums of France, Georges Salles, ordered a decoration for a ceiling in the Louvre Museum. Georges Braque chose Les Oiseaux to decorate the renovated ceiling of the Salle Henry-II. In 1953 the decoration was inaugurated and even the critics were finally won over by the mixture of modern and ancient art.

Pablo Picasso, although very close to Georges Braque, accused Braque of having copied his doves, disappointed not to have been chosen for the occasion.

In 1961, two years before his death, Braque was the first painter to be exhibited at the Louvre during his lifetime, during a retrospective of his works, L’Atelier de Braque. The painter had the honour of a State funeral, with a speech given by André Malraux.

The still life Fruit, jug and pipe was sold for 350,000 euros in Prague in January 2009. Produced between 1924 and 1928, the painting is part of a still life series painted by Georges Braque. A year earlier, another Braque painting, The Green Washbasin, sold for 425,000 euros, also in the Czech Republic.

Recognising Georges Braque’s signature

Like many artists, Braque did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a Braque’s artwork

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