Feb 11, 2020

The Port of l'Estaque, the Pier

The Port of l'Estaque, the Pier


Georges Braque

(French, 1882–1963)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 59.7 x 73 cm (23 1/2 x 28 3/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.104

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Inspired by the light and atmosphere of Port of l'Estaque, Braque wrote, "It's there that I felt all the elation. All the joy, welling up inside me."


Widely celebrated as the one of the inventors of Cubism, Georges Braque was also an important member of the French Fauves. Like Henri Matisse, Braque advanced the Fauve aim of liberating color from natural appearances in order to use it for purely expressive purposes. Port of L’Estaque is filled with bold strokes of pure, unmodulated color, often in juxtapositions of complementary color contrasts: orange against blue, green against red, yellow against violet. The explosive palette and radical simplifications of form are intended to produce an intense sensory experience that conveys the artist’s emotional response to the motif.


Exploring the Keithley Gift: Georges Braque's The Port of l'Estaque, the Pier
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