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
© Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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.
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