Grand Palais, Paris
18 September 2013 to 6 January 2014
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

Georges Braque (1882-1963) is one of the twentieth century's major artists. He was a painter, engraver and sculptor, but first, as the founder of cubism and the inventor of paper collage, one of the leading figures in the avant-garde of the early twentieth century before focusing definitively on methodical, serial exploration of still life and landscape painting, which made him the French painter par excellence, the heir to Corot and Chardin and the depository of the classical tradition as well as the precursor of post-war abstraction.

This retrospective of Braque’s oeuvre presents all the periods in his art from Fauvism to his last works, culminating in the dazzling series of large studios and birds. The exhibition's chronological design insists on the highlights of his career, such as cubism, the canephors of the twenties or the last landscapes, which so appealed to Nicolas de Staël. The show gathers the artist's key works and the series of thematic variations – landscapes, gueridons, canephors and studios – which amplify and sum up his experimental work. Other perspectives are developed in the exhibition: his collaboration with Pablo Picasso in cubism; the resonance between his art and music and his closeness to Erik Satie; and his affinity with poets such as Pierre Reverdy, Francis Ponge and René Char and important intellectual figures of his time such as Carl Einstein or Jean Paulhan. One section of the exhibition is devoted to Georges Braque's oeuvre seen by the photographers Man Ray, Doisneau and Cartier-Bresson.

This is the first retrospective of Georges Braque's oeuvre to be presented in Paris since the major show at the Orangerie des Tuileries in 1973-1974.